CONDITIONS ARTICLE: A hop, skip and a jump around Langdale on Obama Day

by Michael Ryan Jan/2009
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+Bye Bye George, 145 kb This morning I set off from Ambleside around 8am. Last night it dumped in much of Northern England; my dad had to sweep 3 inches of snow off his car in Darwen, Lancashire and whilst climbing at Kendal Wall last night there were strong flurries outside. Didn't know what to expect today as when back at Ambleside last night at around 10.30pm it was raining. It was wet and cloudy in the morning but cleared as I drove into Langdale.

I hiked up Mill Gill (Stickle Ghyll) to Stickle Tarn, scrambled up ledges on the east side of Pavey Ark then traversed west to Harrison Stickle then back down. Thigh-deep drifts up high but about 6-8 inches coverage above Stickle Tarn. Ground was wet, as I found out when both feet punched through the snow and got suckered into a wet bog. Met Steve Ashworth (www.mixedmaster.blogspot.com) and his boss John on the way down. They were on their way up to dry-tool Golden Slipper - JUST KIDDING!

Forecast is for more snow but getting warmer toward the weekend. Keep your eye on www.metoffice.gov.uk/loutdoor/mountainsafety/lakedistrict

Some photos of my morning out below - I'm a happy snapper not a photo geek. I hope they give you a good idea of today's conditions. Click on the photos to give the large versions if you have a big screen.

+Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark, 214 kb
Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

+Entering Langdale 20 January 8.15am, 222 kb
Entering Langdale 20 January 8.15am
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Looking down into Langdale from Mill Gill, 142 kb
Looking down into Langdale from Mill Gill
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+At Stickle Tarn looking at Harrison Stickle, 220 kb
At Stickle Tarn looking at Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Pavey Ark, 190 kb
Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

+Jack's Rake, not today., 218 kb
Jack's Rake, not today.
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+It got quite moody., 176 kb
It got quite moody.
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Looking down Easy Gully on Pavey Ark, 196 kb
Looking down Easy Gully on Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark, 214 kb
Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

+Boo! Again, 147 kb
Boo! Again
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Harrison Stickle, 165 kb
Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+From top of Pavey Ark, 194 kb
From top of Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Walking across to Harrison Stickle - winds about 60mph and snowing, 133 kb
Walking across to Harrison Stickle - winds about 60mph and snowing
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

+Pike O' Stickle, 159 kb
Pike O' Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle, 152 kb
Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Langdale From Harrison Stickle, 117 kb
Langdale From Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
+Looking toward Pike O' Stickle, 122 kb
Looking toward Pike O' Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Stream water never tasted so good

+Stream Water tasted good, 136 kb
Stream Water tasted good
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

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