touring & backcountry
Lake District // Friday 23rd January 2009
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Snow kiting the N.W. face of Great Dodd in the distance

   
Looking back up the final decent of the day : -)

Looking down one of the many steep powder decents available at around 600m

Looking up towards Clough Head from 400m. Sorry for the crap mobile phone image

 
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Report
:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Set of for a quick tour with the snow kite up Clough Head and Great Dodd the Fells just north of the Lake District Ski Cub tow on Raise. Hit the snow at around 300m and kited the few miles over Clough Head (726m) and then up to Great Dodd (857m)
:: Weather Conditions
Great weather in the morning with sunny spells and a 20 m.p.h. westly, cloud base clear of the summits and freezing around 400m. Snow showers and an increasing wind after mid day made for some scary kite runs!
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Fantastic! Above around 500m the days of strong winds and almost constant snow showers have led to drifts of 1m or more common place. Any North/ East facing slope above the snow line are loaded with snow, with gully's and streams filed flat and some fantstic and rare decent lines opened up all over the Lake District for those willing to earn their turns : -)
:: Skiers/Riders
Gordie
This report was posted by Winterhighland Member at 20.55hrs on Fri 23rd Jan 09


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