Bad weather on the hills

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#1
Apparently "Severe gales making very difficult walking conditions" and "Significant wind chill" is enough to put folk coming up Ben Nevis!

They chose to do it, made me take off work to take them and now they won't go. They being Miss Fang's friends who agreed to do charity walk with her and Master Fang, and another of the parents.

Miss Fang and Master Fang willing to go(as they're as stupid as me) but wouldn't count for the sponsor money as not everybody who was sponsored going up Ben Nevis.

Have suggested last leg of Great Glen Way, 18miles from Drumnadrochit as alternative. That way can tell those that sponsored them that they did do something energentic for their money.

Unless anybody else has any bright ideas.
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#2
That end of the Great Glen is boring, as I assume your up there why not do the last leg of the WHW, Kinlochleven to FW. I did it a few years ago with my, then, six year old granddaughter in not so great weather.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#3
We're up North of Inverness, so plan is to drive to Inverness, takes about an hour, then bus it to Drumnadrochit and return to cars via the Great Glen Way. I did it last year and realise it's not the best bit of the GGW but it is easily accessable from here.
The other parent and supplier of half the transport does want to travel too far if we don't have to.
Walk isn't until the morn but they wanted decision made on forecast. I wanted to still travel and make decision on morning of climb.
It wouldn't have been ideal walking conditions up on the Ben but a challenge can be good for young folk!
 
#4
FF why not try the Speyside way? Very picturesque and but too difficult and you will be protected from the winds for a fair bit of it. And you can pop into the distillaries along the way
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#5
Good idea Johnboy. Park at Aviemore, catch steam train to Grantown on Spey and walk back. Kids will love it.
 
#6
Be canny if you plan to be on the hill tonight and tomorrow. We have some miserable weather coming in from the West just now.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#7
New plan is reduced party of me, Miss Fang and one of her friends go on Thursday. With waterproofs.

Master Fang is going off wild camping in the woods instead!
 
#8
Good luck, we have a full gale blowing at sea level at the moment out West. Should be through Wednesday night just in time for the next one. Bloody global warming is nowhere to be found when needed.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#9
I think that's why they now usually use the term climate change rather than global warming!
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#10
Well you know what they say in Fort William.
If you can't see Ben Nevis it's raining.
If you can see it, it's going to rain.
Good luck, If the weather is clear up there the views are fantastic.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#11
Never been able to see off the top before and don't expect the morn to be any different!

Next difficult decision, what malt to pop into the hipflask.
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#12
Never been able to see off the top before and don't expect the morn to be any different!

Next difficult decision, what malt to pop into the hipflask.

My god you do have some difficult questions!
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#13
I said decision, not question!

Torn between Glen Ord and Old Poultney.
 

oldbaldy

LE
Moderator
#14
Old Poultney for me please.
I take it you not far from the Glen Ord distillery.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#16
Old Poultney for me please.
I take it you not far from the Glen Ord distillery.
Roughly equidistant from Glen Morangie, Balblair and Clynelish.
 
#17
Roughly equidistant from Glen Morangie, Balblair and Clynelish.
Good luck with yr exped tomorrow FF. Last time I did the Ben was about 2yrs ago, on the most baking hot day of the summer, not too many people out and no midgies - absolute essence!! That said I did chug all of the 3-and-a-bit litres of water I'd taken with me.

Headed out to Torridon last Sun (about 1hr 40 from where I stay) and .338L_M wasn't joking when he talked about "miserable weather out West". We never left the f***ing car park at the foot of Liathach!!!

Hoping you have a better day on Thurs mucker - going to post any phots?
 
#18
To be fair, the forecast is pretty severe so anyone attempting to go up Nevis shoul be shot anyway :)

As for Malts..are you all out of your mind? Having the extreme good fortune of having a partner who spent many of her years working in the Glen Turret distillery as a taster, I can safely say that old Pulteney tastes of salty sea dogs and sherry swilling old maidens..lol.

If you are that far North, surely you should be consulting the sixteen men of Tain on their finest whiskey.
 
#19
Assuming the weather isn't actually dangerous, but just unpleasant, then take a cattle prod to the buggers and tell them they have made a commitment that should be honoured.
 
#20
Assuming the weather isn't actually dangerous, but just unpleasant, then take a cattle prod to the buggers and tell them they have made a commitment that should be honoured.
I would say that the weather out West is now dangerous with winds in excess of 48 kt and rising. Will be worse on high ground. Stay safe; the distillery looks the better option.
 

Similar threads

Latest Threads

Top