Hope to get out today on the hills!

I listened to the football today on the radio and poor Ayr nearly held out but got beat in the last 5 minutes, they were under pressure all the game but did well and gave their all. That is all you can hope for and it would be a big day out for all the fans, I bet they enjoyed it apart from the result.

The plan for today is to get out and see how the back is depending on how I feel, we are heading over to the North West, forecast is good so hopefully we will get a good wander. It will be great to get on the hill, the first time for nearly a month, since I hurt my back. I will go light weight, my mates will carry the kit!

One of the things I do get is a good weather forecast from Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) It is a service designed especially for mountaineers and covers 6 areas in Scotland. It is an very good service and is sponsored by the Scottish Government so it is a free service, you can get it on line and many outdoor agencies have it prominently displayed daily. It is incredible that in England and Wales you have to pay for it. It is a great advance in mountain information for making your day a bit safer.  There is also a daily avalanche service which is also free. This is the fromat it comes in

Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS)
This is today’s forecast  – Headline, The Northwest Highlands

Risk light snow on and near Skye. Locally near upland gales. How Windy? Southerly. Very light most valleys, but strengthening quickly with height to reach 25 to locally 35-40mph on even fairly low areas. Effect Of Wind? Small most glens, but significant, locally considerable buffeting on the hills – even through some cols and higher passes open to the south. Significant wind chill.

How Wet? Risk light snow Skye and possibly nearby mainland areas. The eastern limit of an area of precipitation may envelop areas on and near Skye from time to time, giving light snow.

Cloud on the hills? Extensively cloud free Low cloud associated with precipitation may envelop Skye and nearby coastal hills above 750, locally 500m. Otherwise, cloud will above the summits.Chance of cloud free Munros?Greater than 90%, but 30% Cuillins. Sunshine and air clarity? Very little sun, due to high level cloud. The air outstandingly clear although increasingly hazy toward west, and visibility poor in snow.

How Cold? (at 900m) – 2C; but will feel as cold as minus 16 Celsius directly in the wind. Note: little change in temperature with height. Freezing level – 700m. Terrain partly frozen at lower levels, especially east, after a frost.Planning Outlook for all mountain areas from Monday, 30th January, 2012

This helicopter had to land on the ridge on Ben Lui during a callout  in winter 1991 when it developed a wee problem and the crew were escorted off the hill. It a serious hill Ben Lui in winter and the aircrew are usually not mountaineers or equipped for the mountains. The aircraft had to be tied to the ridge during the night in case it blew over. Killin and the RAF Leuchars MRT stayed with it during the night. It was fixed and flown off next day.  Worth knowing?

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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