E-M5 in Central Highlands, Scotland - Unusual Weather

Started Nov 12, 2013 | Photos thread
Olymore Senior Member • Posts: 1,725
Re: Beautiful, beautiful pix, Duncan, but OMG…

In December 2010 we had similar weather and, yes, it didn't feel that cold.

But ... the combination of dampness, lots of wind and cold in winter is what makes winter hillwalking in Scotland so difficult much of the time.

We get wet snow and sleet plus persistent gale force winds on the summits that soak everything and is actually more dangerous than much colder but typically drier conditions that you get in much of the rest of the world.

There are many mountaineers who claim that their winter climbs on Ben Nevis and Cairngorm were the ideal training ground for the greater ranges like the Himalaya.

And having had my ice axe freeze to my glove so solidly that I've had difficulty freeing it, or long icicles forming on my hood as the sleet ran down it and froze I can believe it.

I've been on mountains in the Andes at -20C and felt much more comfortable than 1C in Scotland

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