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skarabrae - on 27 Oct 2012
There's snow in my back garden in Newcastle, therefore I can confidently predict that the turf will be frozen on routes such as hoarmaster, prore, etc, get up into them thar hills ;-)
skarabrae - on 27 Oct 2012
In reply to skarabrae: UPDATE , the suns out & its all starting to thaw, dripping from the shed roof!

Oh well, that's the fickle nature of winter climbing!! ;-)
verygneiss - on 27 Oct 2012
In reply to skarabrae:

Fingers Ridge will definitely be in condition...
Peter Holder - on 27 Oct 2012
In reply to skarabrae: http://www.ukclimbing.com/logbook/winter.html looks like something's been scratched up yesterday!
jonnie3430 - on 27 Oct 2012
In reply to james.peter:
> (In reply to skarabrae) looks like something's been scratched up yesterday!

We thought it'd be better if you decided if it's in winter condition: http://www.vimeo.com/52255421 There'll be a fair few people in the Norries today too. Game on!
conorcussell - on 27 Oct 2012
In reply to jonnie3430: Looks like a nice day out. Good effort!
Scott_vzr on 27 Oct 2012
Tarmachan Ridge Today

Lots of short icefalls - 3-10m - in hollows and east facing slopes with frozen water courses and inch thick ice on the paths at times. Dusting of snow and grauples on the hollows. Lawers and more cover.
Wesley Orvis - on 27 Oct 2012
In reply to skarabrae:

Absolutely nothing on Hellvellyn but lots of frozen ground and frost, tiny bits of ice forming on the eastern cliffs and the eastern coves turf is semi frozen to frozen in places, shame it's warming up tomorrow would be a nice base for when the white stuff arrives.
skarabrae - on 27 Oct 2012
In reply to Wesley Orvis: helvelyn!! The white stuff won't arrive there til Feb !!
dizzyg - on 28 Oct 2012
In reply to verygneiss: Climbed invernookie yesterday, great early season condition turf bomber even ice developing nicely,tomorrow looks god so popping up to norries for another bash .
Andy Nisbet - on 28 Oct 2012
In reply to dizzyg:

I saw the Norries a couple of hours ago and the crags were completely stripped.
Dave Kerr - on 28 Oct 2012
In reply to dizzyg:
> (In reply to verygneiss) tomorrow looks god so popping up to norries for another bash .

You must have seen a different forecast to me!

skarabrae - on 28 Oct 2012
In reply to Dave Kerr: the webcam from loch morlich. The buttresses look like they're stripped.
OwenF - on 28 Oct 2012
In reply to skarabrae:

was driving back up the A9 tonight and car was reading 10 degrees C.
SWalls - on 28 Oct 2012
I was climbing on the Mess of Potage yesterday. Lots of hoar about while we were climbing. The turf was well frozen and there was a bit of ice about. When we got back down to the bags the hoar had been stripped from the bottom half of the crag and there was significantly less snow on the walk out than the walk in.
James Edwards - on 28 Oct 2012
In reply to skarabrae: Most of the snow that fell in the nw has melted up to the tops of the hills where it lingers in patches from what i saw.

Everything now really depends on where exactly the freezing level is over the next few days when the low pressure system passes; it could be an excellent gradual build up or teasing frustration with winter just 200m above the summits and a wet autumn below that.
James e
James Thacker - on 28 Oct 2012
In reply to James Edwards: You are all cheer James ;)
dizzyg - on 30 Oct 2012
In reply to Andy Nisbet: Yep your right Andy , i was there Saturday if you look at my post , also climbed Andromida yesterday , thin at the bottom neve at the top . I`ll post some pics.
dizzyg - on 30 Oct 2012
In reply to Dave Kerr:MWIS -1 at 900m snow showers all day ground frozen above 900m , climbed Andromida yesterday fine day out .
James Edwards - on 30 Oct 2012
In reply to James Thacker:
A nice top up of snow last night in the hills around inverness, melting during the day though. This cycle may well repeat itself this week. As long as the precipitation falls at night it will be useful.
It could be time to dust off the weapons for some combat this weekend if it holds up (or i may just walk about for 6hrs with a heavy sack!)

James e
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Dave Kerr - on 30 Oct 2012
In reply to dizzyg:
> (In reply to Dave Kerr)MWIS -1 at 900m snow showers all day ground frozen above 900m , climbed Andromida yesterday fine day out .

I got the days mixed up and thought you were talking about Sunday which did not look or in fact turn out great.
dizzyg - on 30 Oct 2012
In reply to Dave Kerr: Okay Dave jsut looked like i was being doubted , had a proper Scottish day on Andromeda , claggy start , found savage slit and had to traverse across to Andromeda , started snowing on the first pitch , two bouts of hot aches , wind got up stinging the face with spindrift , shivering bouts at the belays ,gear retrieval problems due to snow absolutely loved it !!
jonnie3430 - on 31 Oct 2012
In reply to skarabrae:

Has anyone got a glimpse of the Norries today?
edinburgh_man on 31 Oct 2012
AlH - on 31 Oct 2012
In reply to jonnie3430: Just spoke to someone who said lower buttresses in lochain looing black from Glenmore but a dusting on the highest ones. Some black also on Sneachda buttresses also visible but he reckoned with lower temps and the existing dusting tht something rocky should be possible tomorrow.
jonnie3430 - on 31 Oct 2012
In reply to rosmat:
> (In reply to jonnie3430)
>
> http://www.cairngormmountain.org/Webcam

It's stuck to my browser! I was interested if there was hoar or rime on the crags. This one is good for suggestions of loads of places, but there are dead links: http://www.needlesports.com/catalogue/content.aspx?con_id=4823e0bb-b14a-4258-a777-9c9e00a66a88

Cheers Al!
jonnie3430 - on 31 Oct 2012
In reply to jonnie3430:

I like this too: http://www.snow-forecast.com/maps/dynamic/scotland?hr=18 though it is snowing in Inverness at the moment.
Andy Nisbet - on 31 Oct 2012
In reply to jonnie3430:
>
> Has anyone got a glimpse of the Norries today?

Conditions are good! I'm just back from a quick Fingers Ridge. The cliff is white (but not plastered), turf frozen and even some ice in the grooves high up.

AlH - on 31 Oct 2012
Archangel on Ben Nevis today: http://guysteven.blogspot.co.uk
AlH - on 01 Nov 2012
In reply to AlH: Climbed with Guy today on Ben Nevis. Much colder than yesterday. Backed off Gargoyle wall (much powder to clear and cracks choked with ice under it all). Went further up No. 3 Gully and climbed a couple of pitches the first of which was about V,6. http://alanhalewood.blogspot.co.uk
Ron Walker - on 01 Nov 2012
OwenF - on 02 Nov 2012
In reply to all:

Looking from spean bridge/Roy bridge yesterday, Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor looked very white quite low down. Probably not very consolidated but better than the east.

However my work weather alert this morning tells me snow is settling on the A9 Ralia-Drumochter right now.
Ron Walker - on 02 Nov 2012
In reply to Ron Walker:
Video from yesterday now processing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5NEb35VX0o
Boulderdash86 on 02 Nov 2012
Wesley Orvis - on 03 Nov 2012
In reply to skarabrae:
> (In reply to Wesley Orvis) helvelyn!! The white stuff won't arrive there til Feb !!

Certainly looked liked winter to me on Helvellyn today!


Little AndyH - on 03 Nov 2012
In reply to Wesley Orvis: Lochnagar was good and white today. There is good ice forming in the gullies. The snow in the corrie just needs to consolidate and stop the scree moving around.
Scott_vzr on 03 Nov 2012
In reply to Ron Walker: Nice vid. Just browsed your snowhole video and where did you get those 25hr candles from ?

Ta

Nick
Ron Walker - on 03 Nov 2012
In reply to Scott_vzr:
> (In reply to Ron Walker) Nice vid. Just browsed your snowhole video and where did you get those 25hr candles from ?
>
> Ta
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> Nick

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skarabrae - on 03 Nov 2012
In reply to skarabrae: could everyone please stop posting useful information on my thread please. I posted this thread as a piss take & now its mutated into a useful thread, it usually happens the other way round on ukc!!! ;-)
Scott_vzr on 03 Nov 2012
In reply to Ron Walker: Ta.
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