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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Fell top assessors to record weather on Cumbria peak

FELL top assessors will climb to the top of one of the biggest mountains in Cumbria to record weather conditions for walkers and climbers.

Every year, Jason Taylor, from Kirkby Thore, and Jon Bennett, from Ambleside, brave snow drifts and wind chill temperatures plummeting to minus 16C to check conditions underfoot and any risks, including avalanches.

Working alternate weeks, their daily reports from December until Easter are a lifeline for other climbers.

The information is recorded by Weatherline, a phone and online service that helps protect nearly 15 million Lake District visitors and locals from conditions that can change rapidly and fatally on the fells.

Head of Lake District National Park visitor services, Adam Thomas, said independent funding was vital for Weatherline’s future.

He said: “We can’t over estimate its value. We have some of the world’s most spectacular mountains and keeping those venturing on them as safe as possible is paramount.

“For our communities and farmers, it’s also a much used and valued service. Assessors’ reports are combined with Met Office mountain forecasts to give the fullest possible picture.

“We get incredible feedback from grateful users, especially those looking for great days out in breathtakingly beautiful places.”

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