/ A different look at winter conditions
The west coast has been devastated, lambs and ewes frozen to death under drifts up to twenty feet, farmers unable to reach their flocks. Some are seeing 20% of this years income gone under the snow. Other districts are snow free, only fifteen miles away.
On the hills, the weather has been so terrible, minus 20c and gale force winds on the tops. Only the brave have been up there. The daily Helvellyn
walk to the summit to check conditions has been extended until this bad weather recedes.
But cheer up everyone, the improving weather should show some good conditions high up.
So why is this thread called "different"? Because when we were about 12 or 13 years old, we climbed Skiddaw, in heavy snow carrying a sledge to the top and then sledging down the "back o' Skiddaw" the east side. That sledge ride seemed to last forever. When we reached the bottom we wanted to do it again but were not strong enough to climb back up with the sledge. We were also lost, we didn't know that part of the district and had to hitchhike home with the sledge. I advise everyone to try that, the sledging, not the hitching. It's better than a zip wire on Honister.
I think it was in the late 80s at easter I slid in an orange Fisher's bag from the Helvellyn cornice practically to Red Tarn, all under a huge depth of snow
Something we did a couple of times when you could get the right sort of snow bank was to dig a tunnel through so you could run down a modest slope in your bag and then drop into the tunnel and shoot out of a hole in a steeper bit of bank and continue down ...
Orange bivvy bags are particularly exciting when sledged head first, with a pair of ski poles strapped to the side of your rucsac. Decent bump, tips of poles dig into snow, and a high speed forwards roll....
Not the Lakes though, that was a day's walk from anywhere in the Pyrenees. And the trigger for learning to ski.
Now that three of us have shown the excitement of sledging, sleighing, toboganning to the rest of UKC can we expect a forum for it?
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