Missing brothers in the North West – a big search on going in Wester Ross.

As i write this I had planned a night with pals in a snow hole overnight in the Cairngorms but put it off due to windy  weather forecast, Instead I will go for a Coastal walk with pals. The news that 2 walkers and a dog are missing since Thursday night in the Glen Carron Area it is a wild place especially in winter and I know it well. My thoughts are with the helicopter crews and the Mountain Rescue Teams and SARDA involved. If you were climbing in the area and saw the two missing walkers and their dog please contact the Police asap.

Have you seen these two walkers? Photo Police Scotland.

This is mountainous country between Glen Torridon and Strath Carron it tends to be neglected due to being overshadowed by the giant Munros of Torridon. It is a wild area of  mountains, huge Corries cliffs and a network of stalking paths that will be covered in winter with snow and ice. It is a wild remote area and the Munros and Corbetts are hard won in winter.

The Big hills where the teams , Dogs and helicopters may be searching

 

Inverness Coastguard helicopter carried out a search then Stornoway Coastguard helicopter replaced it. Mountain rescue teams from Kintail, Torridon and the RAF and search dogs have also been searching. The weather is not great but the area has a few bothies and is fairly remote in winter and my thoughts are with all those involved in the Search.

 

The Wild Corrie Lair

The Weather for the North West  from the MWIS website “Southerly 50-70mph post dawn. Soon southwesterly, 30-40mph. Through afternoon, progressively dropping to 10 to 25mph – windiest south of Assynt.

EFFECT OF WIND ON YOU?

Mobility very difficult and wind chill severe where exposed on higher areas – although conditions will improve markedly.

 HOW WET? Snow/rain, most persistent morning

Post dawn: Snow, temporarily changing to rain or refrozen rain, perhaps briefly some higher slopes. Soon snow showers – the snow penetrating to progressively lower slopes. More constant snow will return after dark.

 CLOUD ON THE HILLS? Improving: fog may clear off some higher summits afternoon

Fog widely from lower coastal slopes up after dawn. Will improve, still patches near precipitation below 500m, but most cloud confined above 700 to 900m. In the afternoon as wind drops, some higher summits, particularly inland south of Ullapool will clear completely.

 CHANCE OF CLOUD FREE MUNROS? 20%, although for a few hours afternoon 50% south of Ullapool

SUNSHINE AND AIR CLARITY? Patches of sun middle of day and early afternoon, mainly well inland. Widely poor visibility after dawn, intermittently excellent afternoon.

HOW COLD? (AT 900M) Around 0C most of morning (when only slow fall of temperature with height). Then dropping to reach -3C by dusk.

FREEZING LEVEL Reaching 900m for a few hours centred mid morning. Then progressively dropping to 450m by dusk. However, from lower slopes up, terrain frozen or partly frozen.

 

On the way to Fuat Tholl one of my favourite mountains.

From BBC Scotland

“Rescue teams have been searching for two brothers after they failed to return from a hillwalking trip in Wester Ross on Thursday. Alan, 56, and Neil Gibson, 63, had headed for Achnashellach with a black Pointer dog, called Archie.

Inverness Coastguard helicopter carried out a search then Stornoway Coastguard helicopter replaced it. Mountain rescue teams from Kintail, Torridon and the RAF and search dogs have also been searching.

Moal Chean – dearg

The Maritime and Coastguard agency said the search was covering a wide area taking in the peaks of Fuar Tholl, Sgorr Ruadh and Beinn Liath Mhor. Weather conditions have been described as “tricky” with frequent snow showers.

Police Scotland has urged anyone who has seen the two men or their dog to get in touch.

It was previously thought the search effort was focused on Torridon. One of the brothers was thought to have travelled from County Durham.”

This is from SARDA Scotland

SARDA Scotland dogs have been assisting in the search for two missing hillwalker.

“SARDA Scotland dogs have been stood down for the evening. Dogs have been diverted from training in Roybridge this weekend to assist with the search again tomorrow. Nine dogs will be out again in the morning.”

Search & Rescue Dog Association (Scotland)

#ScottishMR

Stay safe all those involved in the search.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Missing brothers in the North West – a big search on going in Wester Ross.

  1. Richard Gibson says:

    God bless all those in the search, human and canine alike.

    Liked by 1 person

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