/ Highlands conditions at the moment...

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Ramblin dave - on 06 Jun 2014
Sort of following on from my previous topic, in the next couple of days we're going to have to decide where in the highlands to head for to make the most of the conditions, weather, midges, etc.

Are there enough remaining snow patches to affect rock routes in the Cairngorms - Coire an Lochain, Etchachan, Sputan Dearg etc?

And how bad are the midges in Torridon, Ullapool, Lochaber, the Cairngorms etc at the moment?

Thanks!

Dave

Fiend - on 06 Jun 2014
In reply to Ramblin dave:

Midges are out in Wester Ross in full effect in the sheltered areas, but still fine in any reasonable breeze of course. Forecast for that area isn't great but the wind looks promising for any S-facing crag.
professionalwreckhead - on 06 Jun 2014
In reply to Ramblin dave:



> And how bad are the midges in.....Torridon


ha! :)

About normal for this time of year. Deadly!

I was eaten alive in shieldaig a couple of weeks ago.
Lesdavmor - on 06 Jun 2014
In reply to Ramblin dave: There are lots of snow patches in the N Corries as well as Ben Nevis. Midges were bad at Polldubh Tue 3 June

Ron Walker - on 06 Jun 2014
Ramblin dave - on 06 Jun 2014
In reply to Ron Walker:

Blimey!

*crosses Savage Slit off the to-do list*

Presumably we're in with a chance on lower and/or less North-facing stuff, though - Creagan a' Choire Etchachan, Coire Sputan Dearg, Hell's Lum etc. (He says, optimistically, not really knowing much about conditions in the Cairngorms.) Assuming it doesn't just rain, that is...
Ron Walker - on 06 Jun 2014
In reply to Ramblin dave:
Not been there but Hells Lum and the likes of Clean Sweep normally has snow on the lower slabs and will be wet from any snow melt above at this time of year. Creagan Coire Etchachan usually has a large drift at the foot of Talisman but could be clear? Apparently the Shelterstone cliffs were dry last weekend with folk climbing the classic Extremes. You can still climb but might be worth taking an ice axe and stiff boots for the approaches or abbing in, details on my Facebook timeline, see https://www.facebook.com/TalismanMountainGuides...
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Michael Gordon - on 08 Jun 2014
In reply to Ramblin dave:

Still a fair bit of snow below Hell's Lum last time I looked (a few weeks ago)

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