The effects of the rapid thaw were clear to see with a number of large full depth avalanches, one into Brown Cove from the headwall between Helvellyn and Lower Man in particular had left a massive amount of debris all the way into the Cove. There was also a fairly large one into Keppel Cove with a crown wall of about 2 metre (see photo below).
Piles of wet snow and grit washed across the path from the stream
Large full depth avalanche in Keppel Cove
The Helvellyn Ridges are still really good, the rock now has a thin layer of ice coating it meaning a bit of care was needed without crampons.
Running down Swirl Edge
See also Steve Ashworths report from today at - https://www.facebook.com/EpicentreAmbleside?ref=ts