Red Tarn face
Today I went up to Helvellyn via the Red Tarn face, I dropped in below Brown Cove crags to have a look before finishing down Striding Edge. The climbing conditions are not there yet really, mainly due to turf not being frozen fully. The rock was well snowed up however giving things a wintery look but only the most exposed turf high up was freezing. That said, choosing a steep route with not much turf and that is in the wind just might deliver something over the coming days, would be worth a walk and a look!
Steep rock was well snowed up, looking into the first corner pitch of Rape and Pillage
S facing aspect catching the wind
There is a big accumulation of windslab on N-NE-E facing aspects and especially where this is on top of the older snow will be worth treating with care... Lots of people walking up to Raise with skis also so must be some drifting between the snow fences.
For winter walking and the classic edges and ridge routes conditions are very good though, definitely a full winter feel to it that will stay over the weekend at least. Striding Edge was in great condition, crampons and axe will be a good call.
Striding Edge, Hellvellyn Summit behind
People on Striding Edge