/ Yorkshire 3 peaks conditions.....
Wet, below the snowline,
Smelling of vegetation..."
Perhaps apt, since the next line (if I remember correctly) is something like
"... but there was no information".
Pretty sure the snowline is down at road level, certainly was a couple of days ago and it hasnt warmed much since.
Anyone know about the depth of cover as well as the level? Is it feasible to do some sort of ski tour (without major damage!)?
Here's the information you need:
'A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.'
And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
and running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.
Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kiking the empty wine-skins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arriving at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you might say) satisfactory.
All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
But had thought they were different") might connect with certain moments at the crux of some climbing experiences...
drifts upto 12 ft deep a lot of snow has left the fields and fillled the roads roads a lot narrower in places depth depends on wind direction,
hope that helps
> Anyone know about the depth of cover as well as the level? Is it feasible to do some sort of ski tour (without major damage!)?
The wind has stripped a lot of the snow from many of the slopes at 300m around my neck of the woods (Skipton). I'd expect there to have been more snow dumped on the Dales itself, but the depth will be very variable depending on aspect.
Many thanks. Yes, I'm seeing the same thaw you are on Ilkley Moor and wondering if there's more left around Settle and the 3 Peaks.
Looking at heading up this weekend, hoping for some nice wintry conditions but not impossible to walk in.
It was a pain in the ass getting anywhere on Saturday. You could go from pretty much nothing but frozen ground to knee deep snow, to ice in about 100m.
I fell through the snow into a river. That was "fun".
I'd take crampons to be honest. Especially if planning on Whernside or Pen y Ghent.
thank you. planning on trying all three......but we'll see?!
roads all clear now
thank you. I'm heading up from blackburn area and parking at Horton in Ribblesdale, is the route to there open at the moment?
on that note is it free or pay and display parking for the start?
Pay and display in the village car park. Some free parking by the roads just outside the village, fills quickly in summer but you should be OK at the moment (unless it's covered in snow).
that's great info thank you. let's hope the snow stays away from there!
You'll get an idea here http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennine/sets/72157633107974217/with/8597297189/
excellent, thanks once again.
Think I'll leave the crampons behind but take the walking poles!
Great photo's :)
Any final updates folks?
Pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pennine/sets/72157633125770676/
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