Snow and storm-force winds stop play

After an excellent week’s climbing last week we are a bit disappointed that the weather since the start of this week has been atrocious – with heavy rain, falling as snow above a few hundred metres being driven by gale to storm force winds.

Last night we camped in Glencoe village by the side of Loch Leven. All through the night the wind, rain and hail lashed the ‘van making for a disturbed night’s sleep. The wind strength wasn’t as bad as it was a few weeks ago when we were wild-camping in the Drumochter Pass when there were times that we questioned the stability of the ‘van: even deciding it was safer to cork the bottle of wine and blow out the tea-light candles. Nevertheless, venturing out on the high tops so far this week has been either for the very brave or very desperate – and we’re neither!

Tonight we’re heading to Tyndrum to meet up with Roy and Mary for a meal and then to plan an outing with them for tomorrow. I only hope that the rough weather abates a little so that we can have a more enjoyable time hiking with our friends.

About Cameron Speirs

Born and brought up in the Scottish Highlands, Cameron, has been interested in outdoor pursuits since he was a wee lad. Over the last few decades he has climbed extensively in the Italian Dolomites as well as summiting the Matterhorn and several other 4000m alpine peaks. Closer to home he has spent many wonderful weekends mountaineering and biking in Snowdonia, Cairngorms, Glen Coe, Skye and Lochaber.
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