Yesterday after my great day in the Cairngorms I had to to visit Aberdeen and it was another incredible weather day, the Indian summer is continuing. I was feeling a bit stiff after my day on the hills but felt great and was amazed how sun burnt and dehydrated I was after a hot day yesterday. It was another warm drive in glaring sun and a busy road and I needed my sun glasses. It is incredible that little of this road is dual carriageway to the oil capital of the North? Anyway it was a bit of a rush and most of the day was spent driving past windmills that were not turning but that is another story! Aberdeen was busy lots of traffic and I hate cities what a change from the wilds of the hills yesterday. I had to head to the Cairngorms for an evening meeting with the Team Leader of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team an old friend Willie Anderson. I am looking into Avalanche incidents and need some expert assistance. This time it was a lovely drive and like yesterday the Cairngorms looked amazing in the evening light. I had a bit of time for a relax at Loch Morlich and a quick bit of food what a lovely place to be and enjoy this incredible weather.
I arrived at the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Base and met Willie and Simon one of the team who is also Chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue. They had just had a quick call out for an elderly walker who had suffered from dehydration after a long day in hot weather out on the plateau. It is important that even at this time of year you are aware of the temperatures just now and as I forgot my sunscreen on my day out. Simon had been out on the hills climbing when he got the call and was on scene so quickly. The walker was recovering after a group of walkers met him and gave him some drink and food and he managed to walk off on his own.
I managed to get the information I needed and we talked through a lot of sad accidents involving Avalanches and the need to educate those who venture into these wild places in winter. It is a continuing task each year. We had a long chat and also caught up with the world of Mountain Rescue and the recent accidents. There was a feeling that the long winter and the massive snowfall resulted in big snowfields lasting longer and a few more slips occurred. Also the very wet summer meant a lot of the rocks and paths are slippy and eroded. Sadly some of the fatalities are in my age group 50 -70 and maybe we still think that we can do the same as we did 20 years ago? Or maybe it is that many of us are getting out on the hills and trying to be healthier, it would be hard to judge without all the information How many have taken up walking again etc. Maybe there are a few points to note no matter how fit you think you are? Thanks to Willie and Simon for all the help.
I left in the dark for my hour drive home. The moon was so bright on the way back and the animals were out deer, hares and grouse all trying to commit suicide in front of my car.
Today I hope to get some climbing done at Portsoy the Indian Summer continues!
Worth Remembering If out on the hills carry enough water?
Comment from Angus Jack
“I was definitely wilting on the Gorms yesterday even with 2 litres of water! Flat calm conditions on top, no shade and even midges bites at the top of Ben MacDui.”