RECORD FOR SEATHWAITE.
Easter Climbing Prospects.
With Seathwaite, the wettest spot in England having had just over an
inch of rain in seven weeks and Keswick a little less than that, the Lake
District has had the longest spell of fine weather at this season for thrity years.
There were sixteen inches of rain at Seathwaite in the first 17 days of
January and the average rainfall at that noted spot is about 130 inches a
The lakes, rivers, streams and falls have been very low, but there is
still plenty of water, as the heavy snowfall at the latter end of February and
March has thawed slowly and replenished the mountain streams.
There will be a touch of winter left for visitors this Easter, for there
is snow on the Scawfell and Helvellyn ranges and enough ice in the gullies
to provide good ice axe climbing.
There are many remarkable contrasts, but none more surprising than that
at Esk House. Along Styhead Pass and up to Styhead Tarn there is no snow or
ice, but spring like green, but as one leaves this 1,000 feet high level and
climbs out towards Esk House comes winter. Three or four hundred feet up one
finds the snow lying and it gets thicker up towards Sprinkling Tarn, nearly
2,000 feet high. In the gullies in the Great End the snow and ice is still
solid, and the mountain tops are heavily sprinkled with the snow and ice.
The climbing districts are already booked up, and there will be a big
muster of members of the Fell and Rock Climbing Club at Wasdale. But there will
be room for the late comers in the cottages at Borrowdale, Newlands,
Buttermere, and Wasdale Districts.