Monday, 31 December 2012

Dec 30th High Street, Blea Water Crag winter condions

CONDITIONS: The snow is soft and needs to freeze hard to get it into condition. The ground on the summit was not frozen and it was very easy to break through the snow and ice on the surface.  The snow down onto Long Stile Ridge was just right for a winter walk!

With the forecast for 80 mph gales, blizzards and white outs the temptation to venture out onto the fells was too great.  With the wind coming from the south west a walk up the “sheltered” north east side of High Street was the best option.
Hawes water from Small Water Beck
Harter Fell North Face
Nan Bield Pass

Starting from the car park at the head of Haweswater and making our way up to the shelter at Nan Bield Pass was very pleasant the crags are unfortunately showing too much wet rock to be of much use for winter climbing. 

Rough Crag, Long Stile Ridge
A quick stop at the pass and off to the summit.  The wind picked up as we left the security of the shelter and the spin drift stung our faces like needles, after 30 mins we were on the Summit of High Street and with wind on our backs made our way across to the top of Long Stile Ridge.

The top of the ridge is banked out with soft snow, and my new Yaktrax XTR walking crampons came into their own.  The best thing I’ve bought in ages.!

Is this Race Course Gully anyone?

Blea Water Crag Panoramic

Blea Water Crag

A great winter day out and made it back down in time to join the traffic on the A66!!!

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