Helvellyn Conditions – 30/01/2015

Some shots from Red Tarn basin today. Some fresh pillows of wind-slab to watch out for but mainly hard scoured neve, still windy though so snow being transported. Most fresh accumulation is on SE facing slopes. Gullies looked great and were climbed by a few. Buttresses looked snowed up and good, exposed turf seemed frozen, wasn’t climbing so couldn’t say for sure on that one! The edges were scoured and icy, especially Swirral, most will want crampons on for this, particularly the top section. All in all a really nice winter day with great views and sunshine!

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Headwall

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The top of Swirral Edge

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Keppal Cove

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Swirral

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The Celleron road home, still plenty of snow

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The Red Tarn face

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Viking Buttress

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Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’