- The waiting game: Is never easy – The weather is pretty unsettled just now and with parts of Scotland that I love badly flooded my thoughts are with many of those people who have lost everything. Yet I was amazed to get a game of golf yesterday in January a lovely day with the views of the Moray Coast all day.. Afterwards I went to the Osteopath to get my aching body fixed and it was well worth the cost. The efforts of years on the mountains are taking a toll I am at the stage where I try to pick my days on the hill and was looking at the weather forecasts. There are so many available and information on weather avalanches and mountain conditions. This may be the” Golden age of information” so use it! This is the time while the weather is unsettled to watch what is going on and the internet is so good for this. The Scottish Avalanche Information Service has some great information. Their Blogs and photos are well worth looking at daily and especially some of the local guides/instructors. Alan Halewood posted a great wee video of Tower Scoop on Ben Nevis and Good Friday Climb yesterday, two grand winter lines on Ben Nevis. This shows what can by done on a winters day so many times it is worth going out and have a look. These give some idea of conditions and the weather on the mountains by local mountaineers, well worth watching. I have had some fun days on Tower Scoop in the past as it is easily accessible from the CIC hut and can be out of the wind but the slopes above you have to be aware of them loading in heavy snow! Tower Scoop was first climbed in January 1961 by Ian Clough & G. Grandison, Ian Clough was an ex RAF Kinloss team member. Good Friday is a good route in early season first climbed in 1939 by G. McPhee and party- great climbs and thanks for the vidoe! I have great memories of both thanks Alan for the video.
Tower Scoop and Good Friday- Classic Ben Nevis Ice
It is easy to get impatient and the best thing is to watch and wait for a break. Saturday looks like one of these days so I will wait and see what happens. Patience is the name of the game!
- Summer ? Many of us who love the mountains and Wild places have heard of Lyme disease it is from ticks and has effected a few of my pals some with life changing effects. It is not only in the mountains but by being out in the countryside or even town parks and gardens where wildlife is present may put you and your pets at risk from tick bites?
- Around 3,000 people in the UK contract Lyme disease (Borreliosis) from a tick bite each year?Recent research suggests that the prevalence of Lyme disease bacteria in the UK tick population is considerably higher than previously thought?
This is a serious problem throughout the UK please sign if you can the website is below to make sure that people are made more aware of the problems and effective treatment of Lyme disease.
Petition to Develop accurate NHS tests and effective treatment protocols for Lyme disease.
The incidence of Lyme disease is increasing dramatically across Europe. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people contract Lyme disease and because of inaccurate testing, many go undiagnosed and untreated. Allocate funds immediately for research into developing new tests and effective treatments.
Make Lyme disease notifiable so we know the true incidence in Britain. Develop accurate tests because the ELISA and Western blot tests are known to be inaccurate and unreliable. Train NHS staff in diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases. Open dedicated clinics and use effective treatment protocols, extended for as long as necessary. Research the possibility of sexual transmission and dangers to pregnant women. Make the general public aware of the potential risks from tick bites.