Friday, 22 January 2010
Last night I had a quick trip up to Brown Cove crags and Helvellyn. I climbed one of the easy gullies on Brown Cove, Viking Buttress, Number one Gully and V corner. The freezing level was at the top of Brown Cove and rising throughout the evening, a cold E wind was blowing. Viking buttress was well hoared. The snow in the gullies was nice and firm. Today the freezing level has been above the tops but it has come back down and it will freeze tonight. Gullies and easier buttress routes high up will give some good conditions throughout the weekend. I would recommend going to Helvellyn or Great End to be sure of finding conditions.