/ omm 2013
Weather looking ok, dry and bright for a time on Saturday but with further rain and strong winds later. Sunshine, showers and strong winds on Sunday.
Remember 2008... We have come within inches of turning the Lake District mountains into a morgue. (Mark Weir) hahahaha
Here's my picture from that day: http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=108996
Anyway, just wanted to say, have a great time, try to enjoy it and stay safe.
Not sure about OK weather - maybe a brief dry period on Saturday morning before the rain arrives (typically, we've got a late start for the first time in years). Our new tent should get a good test on Saturday night!
At least Monday's big storm shouldn't hit us :)
Oh dear, late start means all the higher ground pitches will be gone at the camp! Pay someone to reserve you a high pitch. :-)
Day 2 last year was perfect for us - low cloud and tricky navigation - we had pour best ever result :-)
That shouldn't be a problem, the early arrivals should have had their tents blown away by the time we get there
I'm there with a mate, our first OMM which he somehow talked me into as we are local. Having a trundle round the B course, the idea was a simple couple of nice days out, but the forecast looks like it may become "challenging" later - though hopefully not as bad as the photo.
So, a good Rab behind us again this year, local turf for us both, the gas is taped into the cooking pot ....... must remember to put the tent in ;)
And the pegs.
I'm looking forward to the weather on Sunday - looks sporting.
We're just aiming to finish this year because an injury to my partner forced retirement two years ago and one for me prevented even starting last year. I'm expecting long wet days this weekend!
Here in Llandovery it's so pleasant at the moment, hard to imagine that it won't be quite so nice by Saturday night and Sunday!
We must pack the correct gear tonight and not be lulled into a sense of false security by the current weather.
I'm getting twitchy now, waiting for my partner to pick me up for an early registration, then home for food, sleep and packing.
My Missus is helping out on registration so she is off soon.
> I'm looking forward to the weather on Sunday - looks sporting.
> We're just aiming to finish this year because an injury to my partner forced retirement two years ago and one for me prevented even starting last year. I'm expecting long wet days this weekend!
Very long - one of the things I love about the OMM is that it falls on the weekend that the clocks go back. Just to add (an hour) to the misery of a cold wet night! :-)
It ended up being OK in thge end. Wet and windy but not too cold and certainly less wild than we had worried it would be.
A long day for us on Sat (7.5hrs) but a short bad weather course today means that the traffic on the way back into London was the worst bit!
Out of interest, was next year's location mentioned?
We were D - a very easy day today, the drive back was definitely the hardest part.
Judging from our course and knowing the area a little, I'd guess that the bad weather course decision related to the the river crossings to the W of the area, which would have been very tough in current conditions.
IT was noticeable gustier today than yesterday but nothing too bad...I'm sure the organisers will explain their rationale at some point.
No suggestion of location for 2014 yet.
Oh well, glad that's done. Somehow we were 31 overall and 2nd vets (B class), leading vets by 3 mins on Saturday night, so had to try hard the following day .....ugh.
Lost the vets by 3 mins in the end - couple of minor navigation errors cost us that. We were also 2nd vets in the handicap - to another even older couple!
OK as we hadn't much clue what to expect and had never seen those mickey mouse Harvey maps before and the fact I can't see anything without glasses.
Feeling somewhat underwhelmed by the whole experience, not sure it's for me but a weekend out.
One of the marshalls told me Northern England.
I think it was because they wanted to make sure everyone was off the hill before the properly bad weather arrived. Some forecasts suggested it might get there a lot earlier than it did. I expect Borrowdale 2008 was in the back (or front) of their minds...
We covered more distance than usual on the long score as well - but with correspondingly less ascent.
Agree - the C course sounded very long!
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