/ Rannoch wall and midges
ps hope i'm in the correct forum
The midges forum? Now that would be busy :-)
" buzzy "
...and very annoying.
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!
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!
Oh, I'd get some Smidge, rather than Skin So Soft - it's definitely better.
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.
That's not entirely true. Being engulfed in molten lava or tortured by Al Quaida is far worse. Probably..
Although true, telling that to someone being eaten alive at the King's House camping may cause some pain of your own.
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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