A fabulous end of year winter day allowed us to walk up to Easedale Tarn from Grasmere with a round of Blea Rigg, Codale Tarn (image) and Tarn Crag. Steve managed to find a quiet area even though the Lake District was extremely busy with car parks overflowing and verges crammed with vehicles.
Whilst the mountains look very inviting in the sunshine and when covered in snow, the National Park and mountain rescue teams have been expressing their concern over ill-equipped and inexperienced folk venturing into the winter mountains. We’re pleased at the increased interest in the hills and outdoors in general, though also observed several parties who didn’t appear to have the requisite knowledge or gear to stay safe in the winter hills. If you are keen to venture up the mountains in winter but have little or no prior experience, you are strongly advised to seek professional support: the appropriate qualifications are Winter Mountain Leader, Mountain Instructor Certificate and British Mountain Guide. All of these award holders will be able to help you enjoy your winter experience safely as well as advise you on the selection and use of appropriate equipment. They’ll also likely save you money and mistakes in the long run and will help you become competent and independent.