I was back at the doctor late yesterday as it has been a lousy weekend. I have another infection and back on penicillin and more painkillers hopefully it will help, it is a long process and even my short walk hurts just now. It will be three – four months till my next operation will be a slow process and a test of my limited patience. An old friend arrived yesterday Jim and Pam Morning and we had the first rain and sleet for ages. It is great that so many friends are looking after me I am very lucky. We still had a walk to Cummingston and I felt a bit better waddling down the path in the rain and sleet, no views but the cold wind makes you feel alive. At the end we were soaked but after a change of clothes had a brew in the Bothy my local cafe in the village, well worth a visit. Jim is recovering from a heart problem but looking far better now and we had a good hour out. It is amazing how health controls life and little else matters.
I have a Mountain Safety lecture in Aviemore tomorrow night in the wonderful Mountain Cafe. I was planning a short walk before it my health and the forecast is very poor with high winds and rain so I will give it a miss. It hopefully will be a good night and if you want a meal call the cafe and book as the meal is at 1900 and very popular. 01479 812473 is the number. The lecture is sponsored by The Munro Society and the Mountaineering Council Of Scotland a big thanks to them. You should get in if you want to but come early the lecture is free!
The Mid Term holidays are on and the weather looks wild this is from today’s MWIS forecast and as I write the wind is battering the windows.
Upland gales, severe in north, and snow showers Scottish Highlands. Further south, few if any showers, and across Wales and S Pennines, the wind light. Patchwork of sunshine eastern Scotland and most hills in England and Wales.
HEADLINE FOR CAIRNGORMS NP AND MONADHLIATH
Severe upland gales; snow showers.
HOW WINDY? (ON THE MUNROS) Westerly 50 to 60mph
EFFECT OF WIND ON YOU? Walking difficult across higher areas; severe wind chill.
HOW WET? A few snow showers
Occasional snow showers, mainly brief, mostly west of A9; very few if any summits accessed from Deeside. Rain up to 500m by late afternoon.
CLOUD ON THE HILLS? Confined to higher tops
Continually varying cloud base: typically 750m with breaks above 1000m west of the A9 to 800 to 1150m areas accessible from Deeside.
CHANCE OF CLOUD FREE MUNROS? 30% west of A9 to 60% elsewhere
SUNSHINE AND AIR CLARITY? Sunshine occasionally, perhaps extensively particularly morning Deeside. Excellent visibility.
HOW COLD? (AT 900M) -3C rising progressively from west to 0C; will feel as cold as minus 18C directly in the wind.
FREEZING LEVEL 650m rising from west to 900m by dusk. Slight frost some valleys after dawn.
PLANNING OUTLOOK All mountain areas of Britain from Wednesday 18th February 2015
A substantial thaw on all mountain areas Tuesday to Wednesday night will lead to considerable snow loss. Rain will be frequent western mountains; almost incessant W & NW Highlands. There will then be a return to colder conditions. There will be a series of freeze thaw cycles on the mountains; precipitation will be frequent across particularly western mountains and there will be long periods of upland gales, particularly from Sunday onwards when there will be periods of storm force winds.
Not so good just now so take care even if up for your holiday still plenty to do but watch the wind and weather if venturing on the high tops. Missing those hill so much!
Note – Lochaber Facebook Page
“Hey-ho. Another frigid night in prospect – 3 climbers crag bound on Castle Ridge. Rescue137 tried to reach them but cloud level dropped and they have had to return to base at Lossie. Team are on way up to top of route and will lower down to help the climbers over crux. Should be finished in time to start work tomorrow morning.
Latest “We are pulling out until daylight as conditions too dangerous to continue search. Climbers are OK albeit a bit cold. We will give it another go in morning.
Great News “A quick update on last night , at 0800 the 3 climbers eventually made it to the top of Castle Ridge under their own steam.
A massive thanks to every one involved as the efforts made were huge, but sometimes not everything goes in your favour and tougher decisions need to be made.
The main thing is everyone is safe and sound albeit totally “knackered”!