They were giving a great weather forecast for today and I wanted to go out to check on the hill conditions. Gary, who is currently managing the building work for the installation of our new biomass boiler, decided to come out with me on his day off. The Helvellyn Ridges are in wintery condition with a bit of snow ice, notably at the top of Swirral. There’s a sprinkling of snow on the rocks so it’s all quite slippery, requiring care and an axe and crampons are advisable. We passed a couple of guys who”d been on an unfruitful recce to Brown Cove. It was nice day out on the Ridges though, and quite chilly. To see more recent photos click here.