/ walking around the keswick area next week

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Dean hepworth - on 12 Mar 2013
I'm going to in the keswick area for a week , I had planned to spending it walking but with the weather like this what are the chanses or the hills being too dangerous for walkers without crampsns and axes ? , I may take my winter stuff and leave my other half in the warmth for a day . Can anybody recommend a guide for a winter skills day ? Although u have all the gear I have relatively no idea haha cheers
Jon Wickham - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Dean hepworth: Speak to Nick at 'More than Mountains' http://www.morethanmountains.co.uk/ . He is Keswick based, so knows the local conditions, and a nice guy to be on the hill with.
Dean hepworth - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Jon Wickham: cheers mate , I am probably only looking for a one day kind of intro to at least be able to get my axe out, can't really ditch my other half for two days haha, am I likely restricted to private guiding are the prices about average at 170 for two days?
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Jon Wickham - on 12 Mar 2013
In reply to Dean hepworth: That is the going rate, but I would guess it would be less for just one day. As regards conditions the Lake District Weatherline gives the most accurate forecast and daily condition reports by assessors on the ground: http://www.lakedistrictweatherline.co.uk/ Currently if you go above about 400m/500m you will encounter snow, and probably need axe, crampons, the ability to use them and the experience to judge conditions. Below this level there is still plenty of ice so walking poles and some sort of micro crampon http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/gear-blog/its-a-world-of-microcrampons/9284.html are recommended.

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