Another wild night – forecast not so good.

The delay on today’s blog was due to a loss of the internet we are having some wild weather today, driving rain and high winds. I am helping a friend Osprey Adventures with a group on Ben Nevis on Sunday the forecast is wild. High winds may be a problem so we will see how it goes. It is a charity event and all the walkers will be keyed up for the day. Mountaineers can be scathing of these events but it is good that people try to help others and the Ben path can be a huge undertaking for those who have never been on the hill before.  It can be a long day with on average 3-5 hours up and 3 hours down. Usually it is the downhill that hurts the most and this is where people struggle. The wind will make the day interesting to say the least. I always carry a wee bit extra on a day like this like spare gloves and a hat as it is amazing how many people lose there’s in a windy day.

The forecast is for the West Highlands:

“Upland gales in Scotland will slowly ease as a weak ridge of high
pressure comes in from the west. Showers will fall, mainly across
western Scotland. Cloud will persist on many particularly higher
western summits, and toward dusk the base may lower further.

Northwest backing westerly, at first 40 gusts 60mph where exposed on higher
tops. Will gradually ease to 30 to 35, or perhaps for a while 25mph from west.
Effect of wind on you?
Considerable buffeting widespread and on most higher areas general
walking often very difficult. Severe wind chill.”



It will be a day that I carry thet bothy bag as marvellous piece of kit that is so handy to get out the wind. If you think a bivy bag alone will save your skin I’m afraid you may be sorely disappointed. Of course by getting into your bivy bag you will reduce the effect of wind, and create a slight rise in your micro climate, but sitting alone in a bivy bag with nothing else is a pretty grim affair. A bothy bag is cheaper, lighter and provides far more protection, both physically and psychologically and should be in the rucksack of every climber or walker in the UK . By grouping together you can share body heat, food, water and more importantly moral. Also a bothy bag is a very mobile shelter, and you may find that when the weather is really poor, stopping for half an hour in the bag will allow you to sort yourself out enough to carry on (eat some food, double check the map,). Splitting a team into their bivy bags almost guarantees to magnify the problem.

Bothy bag a life saver worth carrying



Worth knowing – I hope we do not have to use the bothy bag tomorrow!


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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