/ Rannoch wall and midges

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siobhan66 - on 23 Jul 2012
Does anyone know what Rannoch wall is like for midges just now? Any information most appreciated. Thanks.

ps hope i'm in the correct forum
Tim Chappell - on 23 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66:

The midges forum? Now that would be busy :-)
coinneach - on 23 Jul 2012
In reply to Tim Chappell:

Or

" buzzy "
Timmd on 23 Jul 2012
In reply to coinneach:

...and very annoying.
siobhan66 - on 23 Jul 2012
In reply to Tim Chappell: I'm being serious !!!!
Fiend - on 23 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66:

If there is no wind, you will die a horrible agonising midge death.

If there is wind in the right direction, you will be fine.

It is usually as simple as that this time of year!
siobhan66 - on 23 Jul 2012
In reply to Fiend: Forecast for Wed/Thursday for Glencoe is good but not much wind, a horrible midge death it is then...
stonemaster - on 23 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66: You can always slather on as much Avon skin so soft as your skin will carry...:) Good luck.
Jamie B - on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66:

It's pretty rare to be midged badly on Rannoch Wall - it's usually either cool, breezy or sunny enough to deter them. Tip is to get there early and maximise the time you are in the sun - it faces East and goes into shade at around 2pm.

I must have climbed on Rannoch Wall about thirty-odd times, I can only recall getting midged once. I'd still pack the skin-so-soft and wear long trousers though!
siobhan66 - on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to Jamie Bankhead: thank you that's helpful and reassuring to know...nothing worse than standing on a belay and being bitten to death !! : )
Fraser on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66:

It'll undoubtedly be a 5 on the midge forecast site:

http://2010.midgeforecast.co.uk/
Fraser on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to Fraser:

Oh, I'd get some Smidge, rather than Skin So Soft - it's definitely better.
Offwidth - on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66:

Get a midge net and some glooves for the belay. Wear long trousers (tucked into socks) and long sleeves. Jamie's right though: Rannock Wall is often OK if there is any breeze and the morning sun will oft keep them off. On still, humid, cloudy days go scrambling or easy soloing.
Jamie B - on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66:

> ...nothing worse than standing on a belay and being bitten to death !! : )

That's not entirely true. Being engulfed in molten lava or tortured by Al Quaida is far worse. Probably..

Offwidth - on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to Jamie Bankhead:

Although true, telling that to someone being eaten alive at the King's House camping may cause some pain of your own.
Milesy - on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to Jamie Bankhead:
> It's pretty rare to be midged badly on Rannoch Wall - it's usually either cool, breezy or sunny enough to deter them.

Last time I went up the north buttress it was august and we were plagued by them all the way from the car to the summit and back again.
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siobhan66 - on 24 Jul 2012
In reply to siobhan66: thanks all for your helpful advice folks..I'll try to remember the molten lava etc torture stuff if we go !! That should temper my pain ! or make my temper painful. Thank you : )

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