Monday, 8 April 2013

Are the cold spells caused by climate change? Are they becoming more frequent?

I don't know in answer to both questions.

But, this Guardian article on the fluctuating jet stream puts across some interesting ideas as to why we have experienced a number of cold winter periods over the last three years.

What I do know is that high pressure centred to the north of Britain in winter results in excellent winter climbing conditions, particularly in the Lakes (links to Paddy Cave's blog) and north Wales (links to James McHaffie's blog report).

Thanks to Dougie, Craig, Lucy and the jet stream for the climbing and banter.

The classic Raven Crag Gully IV 4 (5). Contender for best ice in the lakes? Photo: Craig Woods

Dougie starting up Chicane gully III, Devil's Kitchen. Photo: Al Monteith

Getting pumped on The Screen IV 4, Devil's Kitchen. Photo: Dougie Maudsley
Umbrellas don't just keep off the rain. Fantastic ice on South Gully, IV 5, Devils kitchen. Photo: Dougie Maudsley

Fingers crossed for warm weather and dry rock. Definitely time for cragging!