When planning ahead for a day on the hill its worth looking at the weather forecasts. Many have had great days in shorts and lightweight gear this summer. Its well worth looking ahead to what you may expect on the mountains. There are so many weather sites so its worth a look. There is a possibility that there may be snow showers coming on the highest mountains.
Planning Outlook – MWIS – https://www.mwis.org.uk/
MET Office https://www.metoffice.gov.uk
“CAIRNGORMS – After a severe day due to severe upland gales and rain widely on Friday, the weekend will be showery as winds turn westerly. The rain will be frequent on some western mountains. Cloud will continue to shroud most mountains, particularly on Saturday. On Sunday showers will be of snow on highest Scottish summits.
Next week, further bouts of rain and occasionally strong winds and overall colder than average.”
Top Tips – It will be worth carrying a bit more kit, hat and gloves and a wee bothy bag can save the day. A broken ankle can mean a long wait for help, make sure you have some warm kit with you. Always carry a map protected in a case or poly bag, compass and know how to use them and remember your phone will struggle with battery power in the cold and wet. Its a great time to practice navigation just now before the winter sets in. Always tell someone where you are going and the route as the days are now getting shorter, check that torch is working. A whistle is still a great bit of kit and so cheap.
I hope the weather will come good again and we can all get some more days in. Take care and remember ” the mountains will always be there the secret is to be there with them”
My dog Teallach on his 12 th trip of the 9 South Clunnie Munros at Kintail he knew winter was coming as his fur changed colour like the grass Sept 1988. Hard as nails.