Most of Thursday’s snow had been blown away by the wind leaving old, compacted snow and plenty of ice. The descent into Nan Bield pass was treacherous and made more difficult by spindrift blown by a ferocious freezing wind – probably the only place where the wind hit forecast strength, fortunately.
Elsewhere Colin and I encountered near white-out conditions, only briefly but long enough for us to miss a turning on High Street. Another fantastic winter day out and the first time I have run carrying an ice-axe. Perhaps not ideal preparation for tomorrow’s race but days like this are too good, and rare, to miss.
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Colin just below Shipman Knotts and the views up Kentmere valley(Above)
Kentmere Valley (left) and view back over Kentmere Pike and my axe on its first outing of the year
Kentmere reservoir and me at the south end of High Street in black so that Colin could see me
Kentmere reservoir from the other side if the horseshoe
Finally, my mate whom we met on the way up Kentmere Pike much our (and his) surprise