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Avalance Warning issued for Lake District


#1

According to Yahoo, SKY news is reporting that an avalance warning has been issued today for the Lake District, and the Helvellyn area in particular.
“The Lake District National Park Authority says conditions have rarely been so bad. Fell top assessor xxx said he had not seen Helvellyn in such a dangerous state for many years”.

Anyone planning a visit there this weekend would be advised to check first !.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/skynews/20080104/tuk-avalanche-warning-issued-for-lake-di-45dbed5.html

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

The Lake District National Park Authority’s Weatherline is on 08700 55 0575 or www.lake-district.gov.uk/weatherline.


#2

In reply to G8HXE:

Also
Avalanche Warning In Lake District - http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30100-1299361,00.html
Its a link to the same place (just in case either links go down)

Risk will be on Helvellyns Western facing slopes as the main road runs alongside the mountain on that side, I would also thinking that Striding Edge would have a avalanche risk also.


#3

In reply to 2E0KPO:
Striding Edge should have relatively low avalanche potential but the usual precautions should be taken in regard to collapsing cornices. It sounds like the risk is from windslab and powder snow avalanches. Windslab is pretty lethal but usually easy to detect.

Give it a day or two to consolidate and then take advantage of it!

73

Brian G8ADD


#4

On Helvellyn, the cornice predominantly builds over the eastern facing flank (where all the snow and ice climbing is on the mountain), new snow causes problems when it hasn’t had the opportumity to bond to anything (or itself).

It’s best to wait until freeze/thaw action has taken place and the snow conditions have had chance to consolidate. Then you dont feel like you are walking through soap powder!

The Mountain Weather forecast for the Lakes can be found here:
http://www.mwis.org.uk/mountain/LD.PDF

73 and take care