Well for all those snow and ice watchers out there, now's the time to get into action.
The Lake District received a fairly good dump of snow at the end of last week which extended down to about the 150m mark. Since then however it has not been that cold and the snow has retreated to about 600m but still with a good covering on the tops.
With regard to ice formation, the lack of really low temperatures has not helped climbing conditions but it is expected to get better with regular freeze-thaws over the next few nights.
As an aside, Nick and I have just spent the week in Glencoe care of Mountain Equipment (report coming shortly on the News Blog) where they are experiencing some very heavy snow conditions. Those of you who have been watching the news this weekend will be aware of the 3 guys who have tragically been killed by the avalanche on Buachaille Etive Mor. Our commiserations and sympathy go out to their families and friends. It is a warning to us all, if you are heading out into the hills in winter conditions, make sure you know what you are doing and what the conditions are expected be.