/ When will the first snows arrive?
I've decided to set up a lighthearted competition on my blog. Place your bets and winners shall receive a free copy of one of my books. For the rules and list of existing entries please click below:
Please share if you like :-)
It hasn't quite all gone away yet - was up on the Monadhliath on Monday, and could see a decent sized patch still hanging in there on the Cairngorms.
That's one reason why I love the Scottish hills. Winter is never far away!
Excellent idea. What if we don't have google+ or twitter though?
You can place your bets here if you want, I don't mind (I'll keep an eye on the thread).
1st week in October for me then :D
Having read your previous two books, I'm hoping to blag a copy of the new one
There are quite a few patches still around in odd places. Was out yesterday on the Callater hills and could see a pretty long (100ft or so) two-pronged vertical patch in a NW-facing cleft on Cairn of Claise. I thought it might last until mid-Sept and so make it through to the start of next winter, but my pal Ken reckoned it wouldn't survive August.
I'd like it to stay away from the Torridon area until after the middle of October, please. Or rather, it can scatter the tops if it likes, but no more.
> I'd like it to stay away from the Torridon area until after the middle of October, please. Or rather, it can scatter the tops if it likes, but no more.
Hope you have a good time in Torridon ... I haven't managed to get up that way just yet. I'm just starting to think about a backpacking trip to (possibly) Glen Affric in a few weeks.
> 1st week in October for me then :D
> Having read your previous two books, I'm hoping to blag a copy of the new one
It's still a work in progress at the moment but it should hopefully be ready within a month or two!
You really really REALLY have to go. It's, like, the law :-)
> It's still a work in progress at the moment but it should hopefully be ready within a month or two!
Hurrah - looking forward to it :-)
I was in Chill factor e in Manchester and it had just snowed.
Not sure that counts ;-)
Got loads of entries so far, a couple of them extremely specific!
Keep 'em coming folks :-)
12th October ....... I hope i am wrong and it comes before.
2nd September, obviously on the Ben.
All entries logged, thanks folks :-)
So, you are a writer. I think that this post is nothing more than a trawl, designed to elicit info. from this site so that you can write something with observations sent in by people who have actually been on the hill.
Your competition is a false instrument.
First snow dusting on the hills around Akureyri in Iceland a couple of days ago when I was up there. Don't suppose that counts though.
Are you for real?
It is a surprisingly nasty post, and completely unwarranted, begging the question 'just who is this grand person hiding behind a jumble of letters?'
I wouldn't say grand!
I meant someone who puts him/herself on a very high judgmental pedestal.
Agreed - especially as Alex comes across as such a generally affable person.
Very strange isn't it? Sounds like some deep personal grudge.
> So, you are a writer. I think that this post is nothing more than a trawl, designed to elicit info. from this site so that you can write something with observations sent in by people who have actually been on the hill.
> Your competition is a false instrument.
Lighten up - it's just a bit of fun! I don't do 'trawling for info.'
First week of October.
I already bought the Kindle version of "The Only Genuine Jones", I thought it was a great read.
It was such a bizarre accusation too; I have a pretty vivid imagination but still can't really think of a good way to work the date-crucial first snowfall on the Scottish mountains into a short story, although perhaps you should try! :)
Now, if he had said you had come up with a fun way to get traffic on your blog/readers interested in your books - it might have been fairer; but what's wrong with that? You've offered a nice prize for a comp anyone can enter and plenty of us try to promote something we've written etc. once in a while.
Get a grip!!!!
Really? I bet Alex is renaming his next book 'Alpine Dawn: The First Snows' as we speak.
Well, he should be asking for guesses on when the first pisted runs above Cham open then! ;)
Met Office East Highlands Forecast for this coming Saturday - 31st Aug!
> Met Office East Highlands Forecast for this coming Saturday - 31st Aug!
That means Bowfell Butress will be in nick the first week of September!
Aye - MWIS also suggesting snow on the Gorms on Saturday.
...keep an eye on the webcams tomorrow!
Short-lived - nothing left by midday.
There def white stuff! It didnt lie tho so don't count!
Had to clear snow of the car windscreen this morning and scrape the windows. Buttresses looking well rimed up.
> Had to clear snow of the car windscreen this morning and scrape the windows. Buttresses looking well rimed up.
Not been following this thread too closely the past few days - looks like I've got a few more entries to add to the list!
Nobody has won yet, as far as I can tell - there were rumours of snow in the Cairngorms yesterday, but refuted by those on the ground. Others observed a few tiny patches on the Ben last week but that doesn't count according to the rules; it's got to be an appreciable fall that lasts more than an hour or two ;-) If anyone has more accurate information I'd love to hear it.
Looks like next week might give us a good chance!
Not really, the rules state scottish mountains , god effort though . The clock is ticking
Light dusting of snow on Ben Macdui today. Forecast heavy snow on the Ben for coming monday.
> Light dusting of snow on Ben Macdui today. Forecast heavy snow on the Ben for coming monday.
Since nobody was on the list for today, but several have put their names down for Sunday and Monday, we'll leave it running and see what happens :-)
So ... will it be today? I'd be interested to hear any reports of snow in the hills, if anyone has been brave enough to get out!
I should think so - I've yet to see any convincing evidence of more than a tiny flurry until now, but this sounds like it will be much more significant.
And the winners are:
Get onto Winterhighland for some proper snow watching.
Glencoe is looking tasty this morning!
...after 30+ years of climbing I still get a pulse race and become ridiculously excited by the first snows....long may it continue!!!!
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