Overnight at Penruddock before meeting in Buttermere for a walk over the Buttermere Fells with The Rucksack Club coming back over Dale Head and Grasmoor, if there is time. At low levels there had been a sprinkling of snow and high white hills could be seen in the distance.
Before we reached the tarn the sunny intervals had been replaced by heavy snow and the visibility reduced to “not very much”. The extra layers previously shed were pulled back on for the final stretch to the summit of Red Pike. The blizzard awaiting us alternated between snow and hailstones and the wind although never quite reaching the speed forecast was still strong enough to create thigh deep drifts. The ‘stroll’ along the ridge to Haystacks was more of a struggle and not always pleasant but by Scarth Gap the worst had blown through.
A small, fast group left Honister Pass ahead of the rest of us with view to continuing over Grasmoor before meeting the main party in Buttermere. The going had been slower than expected all day and it wasn’t improving much although the weather was. Eventually it became obvious that reaching Grasmoor was going to make it a very long day indeed and the two groups met up just before Robinson to descend into Buttermere together.
Huge thanks to Jean for a very memorable day on the hills.