/ Scotland Snow Conditions
Depends which Munros.?
Ben Lomond , no, Cairngorms and Glencoe very probably.
a) You take them with you to scotland.
b) Check the weather temp for the day of your walk when in Scotland.
c) if it is below 7c or so then you might want to take them onto the hill
d) If it is above that temperature you probably won't need them as the snow will be above freezing and likely to be soft.
Loads of webcams and daily mountain guide reports these days, so no excuse to not know what the conditions are if you're prepared to do a little homework.
Definitely need crampons and axe in certain areas this weekend
It's snowing and settling right now in Inverness. Bastard bloody weather.
> a) You take them with you to scotland.
> b) Check the weather temp for the day of your walk when in Scotland.
> c) if it is below 7c or so then you might want to take them onto the hill
> d) If it is above that temperature you probably won't need them as the snow will be above freezing and likely to be soft.
Unfortunately Dave that's not quite correct as it is often much icier once the softer surface snow has melted off exposing the harder icy surface and the still frozen ground underneath. At 9 C the tops and shaded areas will still be icy on the higher Scottish mountains. This particularly applies to the north facing and the steeper slopes and ridges which will likely still be icy early morning and evening...
You're right of course but I simply 'pulled' 7c out of my head.
With an adjustment for the temp in 'c) of my post the principle/practice is much the same Ron. You may aswell take them as not and decide on the day.
The hills back of Newtonmore and south of Dalwhinnie either side of the A9 were largely free of snow though with extensive patches on sheltered slopes (I was at Newtonmore yesterday and travelled back on the train south via Perth). Much less than I expected.
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