Fell Top Conditions on Saturday 10 December

Readings from Helvellyn summit at 12:50

Temperature plus 3.2°C Maximum wind speed 20,0mph Wind chill minus 3.0°C Average wind speed 13.9mph Wind direction W

A drier day today, with just the odd drizzly shower, but by and large Helvellyn dodged any significant rain. The Assessor today did the classic round of the edges, going up via Striding Edge and down via Swirral. There is now no snow at all on either of these ridges, apart from one tiny patch on Swirral Edge which you have to try hard to find!

These are just a few patches of snow elsewhere on Helvellyn now, all above 700m, and none of these are on any of the regular walkers paths. It was good to see four people using the small ribbon of snow below and to the south of Pear Buttress to practice short-roping technique today - well done guys for getting some early snowcraft practice in! It was not quite so good today to see someone in wellies and a T-shirt struggling to come down the chimney on Striding Edge with a nervous partner and dog in tow. Thankfully a group of well-equipped walkers helped this couple and their dog out.

Despite the lack of snow, the windchill on the summit today was well below zero. Anyone heading into the high fells now should be prepared for cold and wet conditions, and should have proper four-season boots. A map and compass and the knowledge of how to use them in poor visibility is essential.