/ Lords Rake/Bowfell conditions
What is the snow condition like at the moment in there? Micro Spikes or axe and crampons?
As an alternative, now I know this is a long shot, but has anyone done the east wall, climbers traverse into foxes tarn, this week? It's a route I know well, but not one I would want to do with hard ice patches on the grass.
Also - has anyone been up the BG route on Bowfell this week? Again, spikes, or axes and crampons?
Thanks for any info.
We were in Lord's Rake this afternoon I can confirm that microspikes would definitely not be suitable. The neve is pretty hard and ice axe and crampons are definitely required
Was it a no go from wasdale?
He was on an 18:30 schedule and was so far behind at Wasdale because of the hard snow he stopped. Great day out, shame conditions/skills weren't right to keep the schedule.
Not that old fell hog Bowness, sorry should have said, good effort considering conditions but beyond Wasdale would have been mixed under foot requiring crampons for short periods,again loosing more time. Better luck next attempt, cheers. Alan.
It's been mildish, but not enough for a proper thaw, and is due to freeze again atb the weekend.
I would imagine if the snow is soft you might be ok in spikes, but if it is hard and the steps run out half way up for any reason you could be in serious trouble in spikes.
Drop off to the left and go up Foxes tarn route, it's a nice variation and a lot safer in summer than lords rake, less stuff that can kill you!
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