/ Conditions in Scotland?
So just wondering what conditions are like up there with a view of a novice winter climber looking to learn?
Whats the likelihood of good conditions for it?
Regards and thanks.
I took part in a winter course a few years ago in Glencoe and the conditions were great which made it totally worthwhile. However, this year is really mild and hardly any snow. There's a Ben Nevis webcam on the tourist information site, just to show you the total lack of snow.
Maybe hold off till late February early March, in the hope for better weather.
It's a lot of money to spend if there's not enough snow.
Hope this of some use?
There's always an element of chance. Last year the last week in January was the best of the whole winter. If the time suits, I would just go ahead and book.
I think there will probably be enough snow left in the major gullies for a course, but personally I'd consider leaving in until mid feb, better chance of things being in good nick then IMO.
That said if you could delay booking for at least a week I would, see what happens with this cold burst of weather thats forecast!
Is it a Mountaineering or a Climbing course? If the former conditions need not be such a big factor, as long as there is snow on the ground (and there is) the instructor will be able to keep the content valid. To be honest, for that level of course high winds are a far bigger obstacle to learning than high temperatures.
Whilst I'm sure that's true..... but imagine how much more exciting going in to the highlands is when there is a good snow covering as compared to a few remaining patches.
> Whilst I'm sure that's true..... but imagine how much more exciting going in to the highlands is when there is a good snow covering as compared to a few remaining patches.
For sure you can hang off - but if everyone does that when the conditions get good your chances of getting on a course will be greatly reduced - chance you take. Hows to say that mid February won't be the windiest/snowiest/snowless one for decades...
"Hows to say that mid February won't be the windiest/snowiest/snowless one for decades... "
Yeah typical Winter gamble scenario for me now I'm living down south, last year I gambled and lost..... should have gone late Jan :( That said the year before I was a winner :)
If you hold off you may regret it.
Yeah, c'mon George, what are the weasels saying!? ;o)
Echo what others have said; there is simply no way of saying how conditions/weather late Jan will stack up against Feb. Could be better, could be worse. You take your chances, but you *will* get something done.
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