Yesterday I headed up onto Cheviot to test out my injured knee and practice some winter skills. Although all the Cheviot hills have been devoid of snow for most of the winter, the snow that arrived the other Tuesday deposited significant amounts on the leeward side of Cheviot. After the 2 hour walk to the summit, I headed off onto the southern slopes to the spot were it usually accumulates the most, and fair enough there was still enough left in good condition to allow some winter skills practice. After 25 minutes digging an emergency shelter, the next 2 hours were fun packed, practicing ice axe arrest’s in various positions. By 2 in the afternoon the warming temperatures had made the snow a bit soft and the roof of my temporary home was now dripping down my neck, so it was time to walk off and head for the pub. A good days practice to polish off the winter and find out my knee still isn’t up to scratch, oh well give it another week and she’ll be fine I think.
PS; much warmer today and looking across at Cheviot the snow has diminished somewhat, forecast heavy rain tonight so expect there to be nothing left in the morning, oh well time summer proper arrived anyway.