This photo was from the summit today:
And here's the face from yesterday:
Given i was climbing frozen turf on Dollywaggon North on Sunday I think the buttresses could be good, but I'd give the gully lines a miss.
The turf on both the routes we did was bomber, although another team on the crag backed off a route because of unfrozen / aerated turf. I think the more exposed the turf has been the better it will be, (not rocket science I know!) this seems to have been the case on Helvellyn on Sunday too where it looks like Viking Buttress / Blade Runner were ok but turf under the snow in gully lines was poor. I'd go with a few options in mind and see what you find. I'd be suprised if there wasn't something to climb, but I suspect the steeper the route the better your chances will be.
The below link sends you to the ski club near helvellyn. Click on the web cam section.
Gives you some idea
www.escape2thewild.co.uk ....they're in the News and in the Lakes tabs
I guess conditions will have improved now, things were a bit thin for climbing on Sun, with about 1 inch of frozen crust then powder underneth.
Would be good if you could post what you find on here please Shaun - would help those of us not lucky enough to be able to climb mid week to form a picture of what might be in next weekend.
Gully no.1 was fine Sunday on Red Tarn face but i reckon the gullies might be quite avalanche prone at the moment, we have had lots of rain in Kendal at low temps and i recon it have put a lot of fresh snow down high up lying on the crust from Sunday. The weatherline pics seem to confirm this.
Hi folks, anyone been up to red tarn recently or around that area? As far as I'm aware there's a lot of windslab and unconsolidated powder around at the moment on the east faces but happy to be told differently.
The temps are set to drop again during sunday afternoon and in to the night
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