/ Striding / Swirral edge conditions (in wind)

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elliot.baker 08:48 Tue

I have two questions and both might be stupid so forgive me!

1) are Striding and Swirral edge covered in snow at the moment?

2) (more generally) what strength of wind would you consider to be too much for walking across either one of them (without ropes or anything like that)?

I've done them before and I'm heading that way this weekend but we are leaning towards finding another less exposed way up Helvellyn considering the weather reports on MWIS and Mountain-Forecast.com suggest the wind could be quite strong, MWIS said 90mph+ yesterday for the Lakes - (I thought that qualified as a hurricane!) - although it looks like it will be less than that this weekend.

Thanks!

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Jim Lancs 09:25 Tue
In reply to elliot.baker:

For Helvellyn conditions you can't do better than the daily Fell Top Assessors:

https://www.lakedistrictweatherline.co.uk/home

When it's working, the LDSC webcam from Raise is a good source of info on conditions:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/raise_up_dated_pics/

As is the BMC temperature monitoring data from above Red Tarn:

https://www.thebmc.co.uk/lake-district-winter-conditions

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mysterion 10:44 Tue
In reply to elliot.baker:

My limit would be windspeed around 35/40mph with gusting speed not much higher. With snow and wind I would maybe give it a miss depending on wind direction.

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elliot.baker 10:57 Tue
In reply to Jim Lancs:

This is super useful thanks. We'll pick another route if the edges are anything like the fell top assessor's report from yesterday!

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Jim Lancs 11:08 Tue
In reply to elliot.baker:

>  . . . We'll pick another route if the edges are anything like the fell top assessor's report from yesterday!

Don't be overly swayed by what happened yesterday (Monday) - conditions are highly variable, especially so at the moment. At this time, the long range forecast for Saturday is "Mainly dry and bright with sunny or clear spells, although the odd wintry shower possible. Light or moderate northwest winds at height. Freezing level around 600m."    Sounds nice!

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