With the current weather forecast suggesting a significant temeprature rise for the weekend, we could be seeing the end of the winter season. In England and Wales at least. The Snowdon Warden recently reported snow down to 600m on Snowdon requiring crampons and ice axe, still giving hope for some final winter walking at least, if not a last dash to the area for a graded winter route. Wishful thinking? Maybe, but watch this space.
There is still scope for climbing in Scotland, and with hope of a further refreeze afterwards, for those in the area, or preapred to make the journey, there could be opportunities for good routes there for a wee while to come.
For some , thoughts may already be turning to the spring and other activities. Plans to (finally) undertake SPA training and assessment may force some focused time on rock early in the season.
Training for challenging events like the UTLD or Lakes in a Day ultramarathons will also need time concentrating on mileage and ascent. Some time on the feet fastpacking in the Highlands could provide good alternative training opportunities, particularly if the midges can be avoided.
Plans for the odd water based trip may offer the opportunity to refresh some canoeing and bushcraft skills, and early summer on the west coast of Scotland may be the ideal location.
The bigger challenge will be fitting it all in!!