Saturday, 30 January 2010

Shelter Stone Dry At Trowbarrow

Most problems on the shelter stone were dry today. Parts of red wall were climbable but some streaks of seepage between american express and ying yang.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Farleton Dry

The main areas at Farleton were bone dry this morning, viz New Rose, The Coil area, Pandemonium.
Lots of big tick marks on the latter two sectors unfortunately, I've brushed most of them off though.

St. Bees South Article

There is a new article centering on St. Bees Head, and more specifically the recently documented and in vogue southern head, on Rock + Run's media website. Coastal devotees may find it of some interest.

St. Bees Head - South Article

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

User Comments Function

I have installed a comments facility to the all the 'News' and 'Crags' pages of the site. This will hopefully help the site to be more user driven and interactive. As we don't require users to register to use the site, the system requires (as an anti-spam mechanism) you to enter your email address when you make a comment. Rest assured that this will not be either displayed on the site or used/stored/passed on by LakesBloc.

Hopefully this helps further enhance the site and is not misused. If the facility becomes hard work to maintain and unhelpful/spam-like posts are left I will remove the function from the site.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Site Updates

Just a few site updates to report.

First up I have added a gallery for the Kentmere boulders, which can be found here. Gallery creation is an ongoing process, and partially related to how many images I have access to for all the areas on site, please feel free to donate any relevant images:

The second update relates to the St. Bees Head - South guide; which since its release a while back has been outdated, thanks to the numerous new problems put up across the inclusive areas. I have added as many of the new lines as possible to the guide which is now live for download, via the St. Bees Head - South page.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Trowbarrow Soaking

Due partly to today's drizzle and partly the cloying fog, both the Shelterstone and Red Wall are wet and dripping. There wasn't a single dry hold anywhere this morning, plus the usual seepage was present.

Thursday, 21 January 2010

South Lakes Weather

It has been dry for the last 3 days, here in the South Lakes. As such I would expect all of the more ventilated areas to be drying out quite nicely.

Whitbarrow, as seen from the other side of the estuary...

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Farleton Area Wet

Today, pretty much everything at Farleton and Newbiggin was soaked. Surfer Rosa could be dried and Slap Arete saw an ascent, but other than that things were dire. The Fridge was dripping. Hopefully a few dry days will sort it out though.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Heysham Head and Woodwell Wet

Pretty much everything at Heysham wet, except (surprisingly) Spider-man's Toxic Sunday. Be a while before it's worth a visit, not a surprise considering recent weather though.

Tom's Roof is now taking a fair bit of melt water with most problems affected today. More water was coming down from above so I'd expect it to get worse before it gets better. I'm also told most things at WoR are wet too.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Trowbarrow and Warton Conditions

The 'big thaw' hit warton today and the snow on the top of plum buttress and in the tree is melting . This has resulted in streaks of water down the butress and onto some of the key holds. I managed to dry the holds on and climb on posion but the jug on voodoo people was wet.

Over at trowbarrow the vitruvian man face of the giant shelter stone was climable and in top nick. The other faces had melting snow on top and if the thaw continues will be wet. The red wall area was ok. Seepage on ying yang, the start of shallow grave and the diagonal break at the foot of nicks problem.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Warton Conditions

Parts of plumb buttress were climbable. Problems from voodoo magic to debaser were in mint conditions. The easier problems to the left and right had snow on the big ledges and in the jugs.

The yew tree growing out of the crag above voodoo people was laiden with snow so if the temperatures warm up i'd imagine it would all melt and drip down the buttress. At the moment you can get a good few hours bouldering done at this area.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

General Weather Overview

As you can see by checking any of the Lakes webcams, the area, like much of the country, is coated in a decent layer of the white stuff. Having said that it's still pretty cold and the snow is not melting too much, so you may be able to clear some dry rock with a fine bristled sweeping brush at the likes of Trowbarrow Quarry, Carrock Fell and the Bowderstone, or any venues that don't get masses of sunshine...

Monday, 4 January 2010

Warton and Woodwell Conditions

Warton Plumb area is pretty much all dry, although it was so cold everything felt a bit glassy.

Tom's roof wasn't bad, the usual seepage on the low break of BOBN, Closer, right undercut of AOSD etc. Anesthesia dry, but again felt slippery.

St. Bees Dry

Had an awesome day at St. Bees Head yesterday, no snow and everything is bone dry. Bit slippy underfoot in some places, but other that it was almost too warm! All the 'new' lines seem to be receiving plenty of attention, and there were loads of topo clutching folk getting stuck in to sends - great to see.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Trowbarrow Conditions

Pretty good today considering recent weather.

The Shelterstone
is pretty much all dry, if a little glassy.

Red Wall has the usual streaks (Yin Yang, left of Grimlock's, right of 6 Foot Sicks etc) but was otherwise OK- certianly plenty to go at.

Having said that, it has started snowing again this afternoon so things may change.