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 kbStickle Tarn from Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Entering Langdale 20 January 8.15am, 222 kbEntering Langdale 20 January 8.15am
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Looking down into Langdale from Mill Gill, 142 kbLooking down into Langdale from Mill Gill
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
At Stickle Tarn looking at Harrison Stickle, 220 kbAt Stickle Tarn looking at Harrison Stickle
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Pavey Ark, 190 kbPavey Ark
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Jack's Rake, not today., 218 kbJack's Rake, not today.
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
It got quite moody., 176 kbIt got quite moody.
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Looking down Easy Gully on Pavey Ark, 196 kbLooking down Easy Gully on Pavey Ark
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Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark, 214 kbStickle Tarn from Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Boo! Again, 147 kbBoo! Again
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Harrison Stickle, 165 kbHarrison Stickle
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From top of Pavey Ark, 194 kbFrom top of Pavey Ark
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Walking across to Harrison Stickle - winds about 60mph and snowing, 133 kbWalking across to Harrison Stickle - winds about 60mph and snowing
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Pike O' Stickle, 159 kbPike O' Stickle
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Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle, 152 kbPavey Ark from Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Langdale From Harrison Stickle, 117 kbLangdale From Harrison Stickle
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Looking toward Pike O' Stickle, 122 kbLooking toward Pike O' Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Stream water never tasted so good

Stream Water tasted good, 136 kbStream Water tasted good
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
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