/ creag meagaidh conditions
Is the cold weather meant to hold till next
Week ,, anybody no it would be a great help
Thanks .. Mark
Looks good to me as long as it doesn't get above 3 degrees on the summits the north faces will still be bomber in high pressure. Even if they do rise above this an early start could still provide a good day!
"High pressure will dominate the weather over Britain for a week. Precipitation will be negligible and winds often very
light, especially across Scotland. A persistent cloud layer, shrouding many higher summits, will increasingly break into
next week, again particularly across Scotland. Temperature levels will rise slowly, albeit with frequent night frost, much
terrain will remain frozen.
Toward the end of next week, patches of snow will begin to develop and temperatures may well drop again."
that said the ben can be a better bet in these conditions.
Thank you for that stevo, up there this Thursday
But going to try and get partner out on Tuesday
Diadem a bit sugary in places. Bomber neve on the top snow slopes.
Pumpkin stepped out a bit, but great fun.
Thinking of going to CM tomorrow, any further updates?
Any update on conditions? Thinking of having a gander on Saturday but temperatures have been fairly warm?
Thanks for the report. Hopefully a couple of cold nights will make it as good or even better than it was before.
Colder last night, so would expect an improvement. But a bit more snow would also be good, as the routes are all very stepped-out at present (as is anything popular on the Ben). The Pumpkin was a ladder on Tuesday - not grade V by any stretch of the imagination.
A thaw can be great for sorting out stepped out routes! The Pumpkin does seem to suffer from that when it gets popular; probably IV,4 in those conditions IMO.
Cheers for input, is hoping that tonight's cooler temperature make it worthwhile tomorrow a long shot or still a possibility?
Might depend whether it's a clear night or not.
Looks like a gamble this weekend and then a heavy thaw from mid next week. Tomorrow could be quite drizzly especially below 1000 metres.
The Pumpkin does seem to be a bit of a magnet, big crowds on it every day. I guess the lure of a four-star soft-touch Grade V is easy to understand! This is one of the reasons I never agreed with the onset of 4-star routes; it increases honeypotting even more. Wonder what would happen if the next guide had it at IV,4 and two stars?
> Wonder what would happen if the next guide had it at IV,4 and two stars?
The funny thing is that's probably what it is like the majority of the time! (though no doubt the steep bit on pitch 1 will feel harder without the steps). I don't think it should get 4* anyway since the tricky bit only lasts for 2 pitches, 3 at a push.
I thought South Post for example was a much better route.
> then a heavy thaw from mid next week.
Damn, I'd better make this weekend count then!
Top section of The Wand thawing fast on thurs, main pitch(s) good. Clear skies today driving home : (
It was as wet as a wet thing today unfortunately. Went in to do Staghorn Gully, but didn't fancy it, as there was much bare rock towards the arete, as well as in the gully. Did Raeburn's Gully, but there was a lot of ice falling from on high. The snow was mushy, and the cornice was a little threatening in the thaw.
Bloody disappointed, given the recent conditions. Some of us have to work... :(
Ah well, still had a good day ;)
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