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Sunday, 6 January 2008

Walk for Sunday the 6th January - Dow Crag

Sunday 6th January
Ascent of Coniston Old Man

The route will be dependant upon weather conditions, but may include a scramble and also a chance to explore an old copper mine, so bring a torch.

Car Share: 9:15am Low Wood Hotel
Start: 10:00am @ Walna Scar Car Park, Coniston NGR: SD 289 971
Grade: 2-3
Time: about 5 hours
Contact: Barbs 07843 567097

1 comment:

Anne said...

Recent news report: Avalanche warning for the Lake District (source: Sky News)

An avalanche warning has been issued in the Lake District - a very rare event in the mountains of England.

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Weather conditions on Helvellyn especially have deteriorated to such an extent that visitors to the national park in Cumbria have been strongly advised to stay away from the hills.

The Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) says conditions have rarely been so bad.

Fell top assessor Craig Palmer said he had not seen Helvellyn in such a dangerous state for many years.

At 950 metres, Helvellyn is England's third highest peak.

There was a wind chill factor of nearly minus 16C, solid ice and up to half a metre of snow on the mountain, Mr Palmer said.

The former marine commando said: "High winds are moving the snow around and it's not bonding.

"It's lethal underfoot as edges are literally breaking away. An added danger comes from a cornice of snow, which could break off and avalanche at any time.

"I've rarely seen anything as bad as this in the Lake District and I would strongly urge people, even those experienced in winter mountaineering, not to venture out on to hills until the situation improves."

Walkers are advised to stay away from high peaks until the snow and ice subsides.

The LDNPA's Weatherline is on 08700 55 0575 or www.lake-district.gov.uk/weatherline.