Lake District Winter Mountain guiding

We awoke to blue sky and snow on the hills – ideal conditions for a quick sortie up Blencathra!  Halls Fell ridge provided an interesting ascent as the snow had hidden much of the underlying rock, meaning stiff soled winter boots were very handy indeed.  Once on the summit, we were exposed to the NW wind which provided a temperature with windchill of -14C.  Quickly wrapping up in duvets and thicker gloves we enjoyed lunch with a spectacular view before descending via Doddick Fell back to base.

Snow clad mountains and bright blue skies are alluring to many of us, though do require additional skills and knowledge to tackle safely.  Having some winter equipment is very different from being able to use it safely – for example, we regularly see people out in winter with too-long axes strapped on the back of sacks with spikes pointing into the faces of anyone behind them; or wearing crampons when they are more likely to cause a fall rather than prevent one.  Axes should generally be carried spike down and adze forwards on the side of sacks, whilst crampons are rarely needed for walking on the thin, soft and temporary snow we receive in the Lakes.

If you’re keen on venturing into Britain’s winter hills, getting some professional guidance on how to do it safely may actually save you money, as well as from calamity.  Steve has run winter mountaineering courses and skill days for many years and will be very happy to support your snowy adventures.  Get in touch for a chat about your needs: and 07796 213817