/ No winter climbing - what are you doing instead?
It doesn't look like there'll be much winter climbing going on in the next couple of week looking at the forecast. So what will you be doing instead?
I'm clearly looking for ideas as I've got time booked at half term for winter climbing but not looking good.
Climbing, Creag Bheag today, Logie head tomoz!
Cycling in Mallorca....second time in three months....lovely!
interesting, like orienteering for super-techno-geeks?
Hill walking, running, maybe some rock climbing if I can be bothered.
Booked to go winter climbing soooooo running in fort William?
Going to the wall. Working. Reading the news about Brexit.
well my learning Arduino project is directed at a digital VFO to replace a broken synth in a Clansman. That'll keep me away from trouble for a bit
Cheap flight abroad and embrace the sunshine!
Winter climbing of course. Or is living in the middle of the Dolomites surrounded by in condition ice falls cheating?
From the looks of the forecast I’ll be bouldering several times a week on sunny Peak gritstone. Wahoooooo!!
Hillwalking - some mention of temp inversions and the tops being above the clouds - hooray!
I'm here a week now, waiting for a route, getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room I get weaker. And every minute the Ben squats in the hills he gets stronger.
I am inerested in winter climbing and feeling excited for this.
> I'm here a week now, waiting for a route, getting softer. Every minute I stay in this room I get weaker. And every minute the Ben squats in the hills he gets stronger.
Such is my appreciation of your reference to my favourite film, that I've been playing around with a pun on dangerous "slopes". But I'm so paralysed by political correctness that I'll just raise my hat to you.
Expensive flight abroad and embrace the sunshine
Hopefully winter climbing. Come on its only february!
Yep, plenty of snow on the Ben/Aonachs N to E faces. Just need a good freeze and some more snow and we're back in business. I did the Allt a' Mhuilinn horseshoe this morning and didn't get a view, despite the forecast saying highest tops above the cloud. Damn it Geoff Monk! Very soggy snow in places and didn't stop raining. Type 2 fun.
Good man for getting out!
Looks like things could be okay on the ben again early next week!
... But only for a day or two
My normal optimism about the weather is on the wane at the moment. This weather pattern is exactly thatwhich occurred in September and October - lasted for almost 2 months then- at least up here in NW Highlands. Looks like thawing in most places until end of February - maybe an improvement in March for a wee while? - which doesn't leave much of winter. Apart from a short spell in December. winter for me this year started on 15th January and finished on Monday 11th February - it was good while it lasted but way too short.
Yes, with this long thaw it's looking like one of the poorest Februarys of recent years.
Well I have virtually given up on my ski touring plans and will be climbing at Stanage Friday, Roaches Saturday and Avon Gorge Sunday. Season starts here!
> Hopefully winter climbing. Come on its only february!
Yeah. Only February and conditions are like November. By that measure, we still have at least 4 months of winter to go
Even in the Southern half of Norway the extended forecast is plus degrees everywhere, at least until next weekend. It could be the season killer for me, given anything steep is going to get trashed. I'm off rock climbing this weekend wtf.
Dry tooling to get strong for winter 19/20
Climbing on grit with the kids today.
Replenishing my brownie points.
I have now come to accept winter is over. Time to see what all the fuss about the rock climbing in n wales is about i guess!
My fault I'm afraid chaps and chappesses. I bought a new coat for winter which has angered the weather gods.
Sorry, won't do it again
Lots of hill walking to keep fit and the odd trip to the indoor wall where I'm now running out of routes to do thanks to two weekend visits recently.
I'm hoping the snow returns so I can get some skiing or more climbing done but if it doesn't then we'll just do some bonkers hill days with a view to a perhaps trying a second Cuillin traverse should the weather gods play ball in the spring.
I mowed the lawn.
What am I doing instead? Nothing.
Waiting for more snow, waiting for the temps to drop.
I'm a miserable sod and nothing will perk me up so just back off and leave me alone.
> My fault I'm afraid chaps and chappesses. I bought a new coat for winter which has angered the weather gods.
> Sorry, won't do it again
Could be my fault; I got a set of new axes....
Woodhouse Scar was in great nick yesterday. Routes and bouldering and less litter than usual (often it's biggest problem). You can be on a line in 15 minutes from the M62, away from rush hour traffic. Pretty much all the quick drying shelted winter venues should be on the radar. In the Peak: Wharncliffe... Rivelin..., Cratcliffe etc. Think early spring conditions.
Bought some new ice picks for the Nomics and started an allottment.
Currently sitting in my friend’s apartment in Stockholm opposite the Hammarbybacken ski slopes watching the slalom skiers practice on a very thin covering of snow for tomorrow’s World Cup race...
I wouldn't totally give up on winter yet though - the best conditions on The Ben are usually late March and April.
I have done Indicator Wall in perfect conditions in the second week of May (although I can't see that this season)
Unfortunately, there has been no build up this year, just like last season too. I don't hold much hope for thin face this year....
This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are...
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