/ 2012 midge prospects
It'll be hell.
It's always hell.
The midge live for 24/48 hours and must feed, shag and die within that timeframe. They love warm, humid conditions so don,t camp near water or on the edge of tree lined areas as the damp is their home.
Carry leafs of lemongrass and when they attack roll the leave over exposed skin to release the juice....a wee trick i got from a friend on Skye! If all else fails lemon juice....sticky but they hate the low PH!
Midgies last night in Glenbrittle on Skye scored an irritating 5/10.....and it was only 6 deg....
That does not bode well for the summer. I have made a sharp exit to the Dunollie wi the blue rinse brigade cos of those wee bams. Some of the best low grade climbs in the world for a punter like me too. I lack the talent to compete wi the midge.
Maybe people were just tougher back then? not so bothered by a few wee flies buzzing around.
the best chance you have is either wind or a long dry summer. I remember a year about 7 years ago when it was warm and dry for an extended period. The midges hated it and most of west coast scotland had very low midge numbers, it took a year or two after that for them to recover to there normal levels too!
The only answer is to migrate and follow the caribou herds north....
Get a midge net, there is no other effective defence. Whilst Skye midges are bad they are nothing compared to Lochaber midges on a damp summer evening.
Only stopped for minutes taking piccies at the weekend, on a mad motorbike blast around Beinn Eighe, Torridon, Loch Carron and Kintail - I am itching from the little blighters tucking into my ears!!
Welcome to the West Coast the whispered as they munched.... ;o)
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