Monday, 4 January 2010

The Freeze Continues

Snow high up is still in need of a freeze thaw cycle, up to about 400m it has had some freeze thaw and is consolidating giving very slippy approach paths compacted snow on paths is particularly treacherous. I have been running intro winter skills courses in my garden in Ambleside. Note Rowan manages to keep hold of his ice axe.

Low level ice will be coming into condition, I had a look at Aira force on Christmas day, it wasn't anywhere near climbable but I will be heading back for another look soon.

One of the Crinkle Ghyll ice falls had seen an ascent at the weekend. Snow is forecast overnight tonight with an increasing wind speed so some more unusual mixed venues might come into condition. Bowfell Buttress is in good condition and the traffic it had at the weekend will have compacted the snow where necessary.

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