When I was young and strong we never bothered much about the wind but after seeing what it can do over the years you pay attention. On the beleach at Ben Alligin we just got of the helicopter in a wild lift on a call – out. As we were sorting ourselves out a gust of about 50 mph pick up one of the troops and threw him 30 feet, how he missed a the edge of the cliff and a potential serious injury I will never know.
I also crawled back on along the plateau on a huge search for the Mayo family in the Cairngorms roped up along the Northern Corries in winter crawling a good part of the way. When we reached safety of the Car Park after midnight I had nothing left in the tank. You learn to respect the wind as it can be a killer in the mountains. Always remember it is only a forecast and a guide to what you can do. Pick your day and if the winds are that strong go low level!
Forecast Weather in Cairngorms tomorrow Thrs 12/11/2015
South to southwesterly, 40mph at first,
|8 – Gale||39 – 46 mph||Walking Dangerous!|
but strengthening to 70mph, gusts
increasingly 80mph into afternoon.
|9 – Severe Gale||47 – 54||Blown over crawling||Branches break small trees blown over|
|10 – Storm||55 -63||Progress impossible even by crawling||Some trees uprooted Structural Damage|