/ The thaw - Lakes
Is it even worth packing anything more than a walking axe (just in case there's any left in an odd patch somewhere) if I'm going this weekend?
Personally, I wouldn't even bother with a walking axe.
A welcome day of dry weather. Currently falling through 7 degrees at 300 metres. Rock climbing beckons, unless you want to do Snicker Snack without all that white stuff getting in the way.
Naff all left, but reliable sources suggest summit temps on Helvelyn and the like will fall below zero and remain there for some time. Snow is forecast, but it's going to need a big dump and some freeze/thaw cycles (minor ones please!) before anything snow-dependent can be considered climbable. I'd imagine that it's going to be great weather for winter walking though soon.
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