/ Lakes conditions
So does anybody know what Great End is looking like? If everything is still soft we''ll probably just go for a walk somewhere and maybe have a night on top of Scafel.
Don't go to Blea Water tomorrow unless you want to walk from Shap.
> So does anybody know what Great End is looking like? If everything is still soft we''ll probably just go for a walk somewhere and maybe have a night on top of Scafel.
Probably best to stay away from north facing gulleys - the recent snow fall is unconsolidated and has fallen onto frozen ground / windslab / existing unconsolidated snow. Probably best to let it settle for a day or so.
massive thaw due tomorrow night :-(
+ 5 Deg due Sat night at Valley level - it could hold up.
Probably all those on the winter tyre thread who can drive fine on their summers in a few inches of snow....
Still snowing here in Ambleside. Been snowing for a good twelves hours or so.
Lots of unconsilidated snow will be on the tops. Be careful out there tomorrow of you're heading out
Normally I'd say 'I hope so'. But we're doing an overnight mountain marathon, and I think I'd marginally prefer rain to blizzards :)
Latest forecast says +8 in the valleys and heavy rain tonight, so might just be snow at the summits (though probably not).
Climbed Central gully right hand on Tuesday. Plenty of snow even then but not banked out so couple of steep sections especially upper ice patch. Overall harder than usual with couple of climbing sections.
Witnessed one and seen the immediate aftermath of two more avalanches in the Lakes today that's three avalanches in one day, all pretty big ones by Lakes standards too, one on Browncove Crags at the right hand side right of Two groves and two from the car on east side of Helm Crag one on the way in and a new one on the way out, also a small one next to the Swirl's crag near the path to Browncove Crags, so that's four take care folks!!!!!
Been raining since 3ish here in Ambleside. Feels much warmer out today too
Back to square one again. Though snow may have survived in some gullies (especially Helvellyn, the range looked to have suffered slightly less than elsewhere.
Went back to Browncove Crags today, not expecting much at all really, what a difference a day makes, no people, no sunshine, much more agressive wind, crags stripped, gullys in, looked like a completeley different place to yesterday, the rain and thaw last night has done quite a bit of bonding to the snowpack and with the re-freeze this afternoon we found conditions today much better for climbing than yesterday, only one other team out, we ascended the wide descent gully and descended Summer Step, too windy on top to go to the summit so we down climbed the ridge right of the gully, the ridge was nice crispy snow and frozen truf for the top half and more of a summer scramble for the bottom half so took crampons off half way down and climbed down summer style, all in all a great winter day and quite a contrast to yesterday, still a lot of snow has survived north facing but not a lot anywhere else, didn't see the east coves, whether any will survive by the end of the week will be anyones guess.
Fresh snow on the eastern fells down to about 550m today!!!!
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