Archive for September, 2010

Dry and Sunny but Cool

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Good rock climbing weather just now in Glen Nevis. The midges have relinquished their grip on the land and the autumn sun has dried off the rocks. It’s a little cool but very acceptable.

Upper Glen Nevis today

Cool and showery weather returning

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Check out The Weather Outlook Maybe, finally the cold weather forecast for this month will arrive.

A band of rain will push down across the UK and clear away from the south during Thursday morning. It will be followed by a much cooler and showery north easterly air stream which is set to last into the weekend. Overnight frost will be an increasing risk from Thursday night onwards in northern regions, and further south by the weekend.
A lot of uncertainty for next week, with some indications of Atlantic weather systems bringing wet and windy weather, but at the moment we think it’s more likely that high pressure will dominate the weather across Britain. The current weather patterns are very interesting, because many people were expecting an active hurricane season to lead to very stormy and unsettled weather across western Europe. At the moment the opposite is happening, with low pressures systems travelling very slow towards Britain and decaying as they do. This is exactly the type of pattern which would bring very cold weather in the winter months, so watching developments in the weeks ahead will be interesting.

Poor Weather

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Anyone know the history of these boots, only twenty minutes from the foot of the Ben Nevis ‘Mountain Path’? Certainly not made for walkiing any more! Did they manage three peaks or just one! Pretty murky today on the mountain.

Booted out

Wet and Cold

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Snow is on the way and today has been a good day to clean some holds on the bouldering wall, because it was easy to wash them off on the patio. No need for a hose pipe just leave them out in the rain:)  Simple! It is also very simple to clean dirty holds these days as shown in this video.

The weather looks to be very cold and windy and wet until at least Saturday. No doubt the mixed winter climbers amongst us are checking on their rusty hatchets and putting the chalk balls away for another few months, unless of course they visit our bouldering wall to stay in shape over winter.

Job for a wet day

Dry Rock

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Yesterday on a day off we ventured up towards Stob Coire nan Lochan to sample the place under summer conditions. This corrie is much quieter in the summer months compared to the hustle of winter days. Everywhere was nice and dry with the warm S.E. breeze keeping the midges underground! Our route of choice was the inspiring and soaring line of Unicorn (E1 5a/b). The intitial pitch proved to be fairly delicate, the second became harder and more physical as height was gained, whilst the final moves were also steep and awkward. For me the second and third pitches were strenuous, even though I was not on the sharp end. Well done Spike.

A change to wetter weather is on the cards for this week.