It is hard to believe how great the weather was on the mountains on Sunday . Today the weather forecast is wild. My friend Terry Moore is up climbing some Corbetts and staying tonight. Poor soul the weather today is awful.
The weather looks wild with hearing snow blocking roads on high ground. It is incredible that I was on the hills on Saturday in superb weather. How easily the weather changes. The wind and rain is pouring down so it’s a day in for me make some soup for Terry when he comes off the hill.Terry is a man I have known for years and did a winter West to East of Scotland with him. He is a hardy man and a sound Mountaineer.

1977 – west to East Scotland totally exhausted on Mount Keen winter . With Terry Moore and Jim Morning .

Terry and Jim were incredible on that winter walk the A9 was blocked for several days and we were so lucky at times as we pushed it in terrible weather. Terry became a RAF Team Leader and climbed all over the World including Everest and several first ascents . A really sound man and pal for many years.
On the way to Gaick in a crazy spell on the walk.
Terry and me by the bothy fire. He leaves his routes with me when he goes out alone. A top tip!


Persistent snow, becoming rain lower slopes; showers later.


A complex, but severe day across many mountains, with low pressure pivoting across northern Britain from the east. Snow for many hours across the north & eastern Highlands, whilst areas of showers or locally constant precipitation revolve across the Lakes & Wales. Some heavy bursts with hail and thunder possible. Winds varied, local gales far NW.


Persistent snow, becoming rain lower slopes; showers later.


Anyway it’s 0900 and he is on the summit of his Corbett / Coirehabbie Hill and heading here!

This is from Noel Williams about Corriehabbie Hill

“I was interested to see from your website that you were on Corryhabbie Hill a couple of years ago – the one with the metal cap on its trig pillar.

I don’t know if you’ve ever come across the term ‘Colby Camp’ before. There’s an article all about them in this year’s SMCJ which you should be getting sometime next month. They are ruins of shelters, windbreaks etc on the summits of hills across the Highlands left by OS parties during the principal triangulation of Britain in the 19th century. Colby and his men lived for weeks on lots of mountains taking bearings to other summits when weather permitted.

There are only records of nine camps where ruins can still be seen. However, there are lots of hills where OS parties are known to have lived for many weeks but where no remains have been recorded. Ben Wyvis, The Storr, Ben More on Mull are just a few such hills.

I was wondering if you’d seen any stone walls or similar ruins on Corryhabbie. Colby is known to have spent some time there in 1819. OS Parties were there again 6 Sept – 21 Nov 1850. (Imagine living there this time of year!) See attached list of observations.

Keep your eyes peeled when you’re out and about. I’m sure there are remains of these camps still to be found.” If you see anything please get in touch! From Noel Williams

I better get ready for Terry and his wet gear.

Summit of Corriehabbie hill today see the metal hat on the top! Photo Terry Moore

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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