I know it's early, but a couple of cooler mornings have got me hankering after the snows again. If recent years are anything to go by then it won't be long now before the first cosmetic dusting of the white stuff!
I've decided to set up a lighthearted competition on my blog. Place your bets and winners shall receive a free copy of one of my books. For the rules and list of existing entries please click below:
> It hasn't quite all gone away yet - was up on the Monadhliath on Monday, and could see a decent sized patch still hanging in there on the Cairngorms.
There are quite a few patches still around in odd places. Was out yesterday on the Callater hills and could see a pretty long (100ft or so) two-pronged vertical patch in a NW-facing cleft on Cairn of Claise. I thought it might last until mid-Sept and so make it through to the start of next winter, but my pal Ken reckoned it wouldn't survive August.
In reply to Only a hill: Thursday 24th October. A nice wee dusting over the Lochaber hills slap bang in the middle of my Fort William based Autumnal break with the wife.... I'm usually with her for breakfast and evening meal!!
So, you are a writer. I think that this post is nothing more than a trawl, designed to elicit info. from this site so that you can write something with observations sent in by people who have actually been on the hill.
Your competition is a false instrument.
> (In reply to Only a hill)
> So, you are a writer. I think that this post is nothing more than a trawl, designed to elicit info. from this site so that you can write something with observations sent in by people who have actually been on the hill.
> Your competition is a false instrument.
Lighten up - it's just a bit of fun! I don't do 'trawling for info.'
It was such a bizarre accusation too; I have a pretty vivid imagination but still can't really think of a good way to work the date-crucial first snowfall on the Scottish mountains into a short story, although perhaps you should try!
Now, if he had said you had come up with a fun way to get traffic on your blog/readers interested in your books - it might have been fairer; but what's wrong with that? You've offered a nice prize for a comp anyone can enter and plenty of us try to promote something we've written etc. once in a while.
In reply to Only a hill: First snowfall is a tricky one, first route in acceptable conditions might be simpler to judge - but put me down for September 23rd for the snow. First route will Pygmy Ridge on October 3rd.
In reply to TobyA: "scattered blustery showers developing during the afternoon, heaviest and most frequent across the Monadhliath mountains and Cairngorms, with sleet or snow over the highest summits."
Met Office East Highlands Forecast for this coming Saturday - 31st Aug!
> (In reply to TobyA) "scattered blustery showers developing during the afternoon, heaviest and most frequent across the Monadhliath mountains and Cairngorms, with sleet or snow over the highest summits."
> Met Office East Highlands Forecast for this coming Saturday - 31st Aug!
That means Bowfell Butress will be in nick the first week of September!
In reply to NottsRich:
Nobody has won yet, as far as I can tell - there were rumours of snow in the Cairngorms yesterday, but refuted by those on the ground. Others observed a few tiny patches on the Ben last week but that doesn't count according to the rules; it's got to be an appreciable fall that lasts more than an hour or two If anyone has more accurate information I'd love to hear it.
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