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A hop, skip and a jump around Langdale on Obama Day Conditions Article

Bye Bye George  © Mick Ryan - UKClimbing.com
This morning I set off from Ambleside around 8am. Last night it dumped in much of Northern England; my dad had to sweep 3 inches of snow off his car in Darwen, Lancashire and whilst climbing at Kendal Wall last night there were strong flurries outside. Didn't know what to expect today as when back at Ambleside last night at around 10.30pm it was raining. It was wet and cloudy in the morning but cleared as I drove into Langdale.

I hiked up Mill Gill (Stickle Ghyll) to Stickle Tarn, scrambled up ledges on the east side of Pavey Ark then traversed west to Harrison Stickle then back down. Thigh-deep drifts up high but about 6-8 inches coverage above Stickle Tarn. Ground was wet, as I found out when both feet punched through the snow and got suckered into a wet bog. Met Steve Ashworth (www.mixedmaster.blogspot.com) and his boss John on the way down. They were on their way up to dry-tool Golden Slipper - JUST KIDDING!

Forecast is for more snow but getting warmer toward the weekend. Keep your eye on www.metoffice.gov.uk/loutdoor/mountainsafety/lakedistrict

Some photos of my morning out below - I'm a happy snapper not a photo geek. I hope they give you a good idea of today's conditions. Click on the photos to give the large versions if you have a big screen.

Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark  © Michael Ryan
Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Entering Langdale 20 January 8.15am  © Michael Ryan
Entering Langdale 20 January 8.15am
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Looking down into Langdale from Mill Gill  © Michael Ryan
Looking down into Langdale from Mill Gill
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
At Stickle Tarn looking at Harrison Stickle  © Michael Ryan
At Stickle Tarn looking at Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Pavey Ark  © Michael Ryan
Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Jack's Rake, not today.  © Michael Ryan
Jack's Rake, not today.
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
It got quite moody.  © Michael Ryan
It got quite moody.
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Looking down Easy Gully on Pavey Ark  © Michael Ryan
Looking down Easy Gully on Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark  © Michael Ryan
Stickle Tarn from Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Boo! Again  © Michael Ryan
Boo! Again
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Harrison Stickle  © Michael Ryan
Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
From top of Pavey Ark  © Michael Ryan
From top of Pavey Ark
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Walking across to Harrison Stickle - winds about 60mph and snowing  © Michael Ryan
Walking across to Harrison Stickle - winds about 60mph and snowing
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Pike O' Stickle  © Michael Ryan
Pike O' Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle  © Michael Ryan
Pavey Ark from Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Langdale From Harrison Stickle  © Michael Ryan
Langdale From Harrison Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009
Looking toward Pike O' Stickle  © Michael Ryan
Looking toward Pike O' Stickle
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009

Stream water never tasted so good

Stream Water tasted good  © Michael Ryan
Stream Water tasted good
© Michael Ryan, Jan 2009


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20 Jan, 2009
Thanks - great set of shots, full of atmosphere. Nice to see Pavey under snow conditions for a change.
20 Jan, 2009
Good pics - I'm envious.
20 Jan, 2009
Cheers! some great photos there. I want to get out on the hills!!
20 Jan, 2009
bah. Bah, again. and, indeed. bah.
21 Jan, 2009
Are you a Darwen lad?? Born and bread there... escaped over the hill now tho!!
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