/ 5/10 years of rain
That really is a depressing way to look at it. Don't believe the 'experts'.
I'm glad you're worrying about this for me. I think carring the weight of the future of high UK crags would crush me.
Just get out and enjoy it when you can and remember that any day on the hill or crag, raining or sun shining, sure as hell beats the f*ck out of a day at work.
Oh well, at least that means that limestone crags have 5/10 years of reduced polishing. Preserved for the keen and stupid 'til 2023!
A hard rain's gonna fall you say?
So climb in the autumn through spring if its gonna rain in summer
Are these the same experts that in the 90s were predicting an annual drought? It's very easy to be believed when you predict 10 years of whatever it's doing at the time.
Or the opposite!
Choose to believe whatever expertise you want, someone is bound to b right, I just hope it is the ones that have cost us billions already, if not , I am going to be a tad annoyed at all the subsidies I / we have been paying for naught.
"*summer* rain... which will become ice"
No it won't. Even if it did, the relationship between total seasonal precipitation and the water content of voids and cracks is very complex. distribution of rainfall is much more important. Also, rare summer freezing is only going to be made rarer by warm humid conditions.
"Then the mountain plants will arrive..."
Are they going to grow in some magical soil that has been created in <5-10 years? It's good to know any damage we've already done is so easily reversible, although it does rather negate your punchline.
Good imagination though, you could probably make a Hollywood disaster movie out of a WI meeting.
*The journalism and proliferation thereof, not necessarily the research cited.
roll on record busting summers for the next 5-10 yr!! ;-)
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