Friday, 28 December 2012

Dec 27th Snow in the Lakes

A trip up to Stickle Tarn from the New Dungeon Gyll Hotel on Thurs showed how much rain there has been in the Lakes over the last few days.  The fields in the valley are either flooded or saturated, and there is a lot of water tumbling down the streams. The snow line on Bowfell is high and any snow is retreating into the sheltered north facing gullies.

Bowfell and the Band from Harrison Stickle

The high gullies on Bowfell appear to have retained a small amount of snow, but I'm not sure if it'll be good enough for any winter climbing and will need a good freeze to consolidate any of the small amount of fresh snow that has fallen on the tops.

Bowfell Buttress 27th Dec 2012

Helvellyn summit shelter in winter 2006

Staying on the summit to watch a winter sunset is a real treat, but once it's dropped below the horizon a speedy descent is best as the temperature plummets.

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