Hallsfell Ridge on Blencathra was in full winter condition on the rocky section above 600 metres last Saturday. (17th Feb). Dolly, Steve M, Paul and I prayed hard for the mist to lift, but it didn't.
The narrow top of the ridge is an entertaining scramble with axe and crampons. Good fun, but surely no place to slip.
At the 868- metre summit, the definition provided by the ridge ended, and we were very close to white-out, with visibility about 5 metres.
With thought and care, we made our way down to the visible world at Mousthwaite Comb, and second lunch on Souther Fell. Needless to say, as we dropped back into the valley, the skies finally cleared.
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