/ Lake District this weekend coming........
Does anyone know what the current conditions are like in the Lakes - 4 of us are out this w/e, Helvellyn, Pikes at least. Are the craggy bits and ridges covered in ice/snow, i.e. would crampons and axes be necessary or just take it especially carefully in key places? We're all pretty switched on and fairly experienced walkers. Cheers. Steve.
If in doubt take axe and poons and knowledge to use them when up high in winter.
Obviously its a little too soon to say what it'll be like at the weekend but I was camped up on Helvellyn last Saturday. Conditions were really nice but not a great deal of snow on the ridge itself though, very mixed. I only used crampons + axe on the exit ramp (cramps probably weren't really necessary due to big steps cut by previous parties and pretty firm snow) . However on Sunday it warmed up a lot and saw some snow/rain through the night consequently it became very dangerous dropping onto swirral due to the melting slushy snow. Hope you have a good weekend.
Been snowing a fair bit in kendal today,big flakes but not sticking . Feel sorry for the guy fitting my chimney liners !!
>If in doubt take axe and poons and knowledge to use them when up high in winter.
What are poons? Should I carry these up high in winter?
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