It is pouring here today and the rain and wind is battering down on the house I doubt I will golf today, we will have to see. It is a lot milder but still winter on the hills. The search for the missing climber on Ben Nevis is on hold as the extreme weather forecast is awful and conditions look terrible with a considerable avalanche hazard and very dangerous conditions. It looks like the climber has fallen into Observatory Gully on Ben Nevis according to the Lochaber team and been covered in a huge avalanche. The search has been put on hold and it may sadly take some time to locate him.
My thoughts are with Lochaber Mountain Rescue and the other Agencies involved and of course the family of the missing climber. The short video on the Lochaber Facebook page shows a little of the weather that is hampering the search.
Weather forecast today for the West today:
Winds – West to southwesterly 80 to 110mph in morning, easing progressively towards 40mph by dusk.
Freezing level 800m – -1C. Will feel as cold as minus 21 Celsius directly in the wind.
Glimpses of sun developing, mainly well inland on lower slopes.
Persistent haze at best, and visibility frequently poor due to precipitation.
Near precipitation shafts of cloud below 500m. Otherwise, cloud base 700 to perhaps
900m, possibly rare breaks to or above 1050m.
Widespread rain finishing as snow (except lowest slopes) will clear Arran and Loch
Lomond NP before dawn but continue on and off, with some heavy bursts further north,
Snow and hail showers will follow, these sometimes frequent and heavy. Risk thunder.
Mostly rain below 300m.
Frequent snow, particularly morning
Very difficult walking from lower slopes up. On higher areas – where exposed any
mobility torturous. Extreme wind chill morning.
Announcing the launch of the “Be Avalanche Aware” App.
This free app is now available for download on iOS and Android
The SAIS AP – As well as providing an intuitive set of guidelines to help the user with their decision making process, features such as: SAIS daily avalanche reports, mountain info blogs, notifications, and tools to help users to determine critical slope angles, the direction a slope faces in relation to published avalanche hazard and your location will be incorporated.
In 2011 the “Be Avalanche Aware” initiative was developed following a collaboration between many agencies and groups from throughout the UK and further afield with the objective of addressing the avalanche situation in Scotland. Organised by the Snow and Avalanche Foundation of Scotland (SAFOS) and managed by the SAIS the BAA initiative was introduced in the winter of 2013 with the production of the BAA leaflet.
The BAA initiative outlines the decision making process and fundamental considerations for assessing avalanche hazard. For the first time, the BAA initiative provided a guideline framework for those going into the winter mountains.
Over the last 2 years donations and funding has enabled us to continue with this development. Funding for the app and other such initiatives are wholly dependent on donations and financial support. We are extremely grateful for the seed money, provided by the Glencoe Ski Club and the Daniel Maddox fund that enabled app development to start, this was followed by a significant donation from WL Gore R&D UK. Following this, donations from the Chris Walker Memorial Trust, Scottish Mountain Training, Scottish Mountain Trust and sportscotland have been instrumental in allowing us to create something that will be of fundamental use to all mountain enthusiasts and professionals who enjoy walking, climbing, skiing and snowboarding in the winter mountains.
Donations are all gratefully received and will allow us to continue with enhancing the App as well as other educational projects.
To make a donation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
How to use the App
Download our handy PDF guide (2.4mb)
I have found the Ap extremely handy and well worth downloading and looking at.