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Snow/Ice on the Ingleborough 'staircase'

Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 21:32
by mac.hawk
On the route up Ingleborough from Chapel le Dale there is currently (25th Feb 2016) a modest amount of snow and ice on the 'staircase' from the top of Humphrey Bottom to the summit. This is a fairly regular winter event as this side of Ingleborough doesn't get the sun in the winter months and the snow/ice can take a long time to melt. It can get quite treacherous underfoot as footfall compacts the snow which melts very slowly during the day, only to freeze over at night (as it will in current conditions). If ascending/descending this route over the coming weekend it would be wise to have in your backpack a pair of cleats (ice-grippers) for your footwear as/if/when conditions require them.

Whernside is snow free at the moment and Pen y Ghent has but the slightest dusting.

Re: Snow/Ice on the Ingleborough 'staircase'

Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 13:26
by The Moth
Great advice as ever Mac. Never been on any of them in the winter before - must get round to that soon!

Re: Snow/Ice on the Ingleborough 'staircase'

Posted: 27 Feb 2016, 22:17
by mac.hawk
Was up on the mountain today and in the area indicated some people were struggling. It wasn't toooooo bad as the snow and ice wasn't very deep and the 'up' seemed to be (at the moment) much less an issue than the 'down' - some people were trying to slide on their backside down Swine Tail (the snow/ice wasn't deep enough for that to be effective), I seemed to be the only one (at my time on the mountain) with cleats on my boots. I did advise a couple of (more mature) groups that were really struggling that for less than a fiver they could make their day a lot less stressful and far safer.