Wild weather in the Pass of Drumochter

We are currently “sitting-out” some particularly rough weather wild camping just north of the Pass of Drumochter. For many of you the only time you’ll hear about the Pass of Drumochter, through which the main A9 arterial road north from Perth to Inverness passes, is on the traffic reports when we are informed that is closed due to snow (and this happens reasonably often). The “summit” of Drumochter is at 465m.

Well, tonight we’re just off the A9 at Drumochter in some wild windy weather … and it’s snowing outside! I’ve wound down the steadies on the ‘van, but it is still being buffeted by the gale force winds. The Met Office suggests that the winds are reaching storm force in places locally!

We would be foolish to venture up onto the hills in this sort of weather so we’ll just have to sit it out and grab our chances to bag some more Munros as and when the opportunities present themselves.

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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3 Responses to Wild weather in the Pass of Drumochter

  1. Alasdair says:

    Wild Camping !! Eat your heart out, Ray Mears.

  2. Karl says:

    “Wild camping”?
    I think your definitions of the term (see glossary) are almost the two extremes of the term!
    Perhaps a new term for ‘Cameron & Elaine “Wild Camping” in a motor home’ should now be referred to as “Wild Glamping”… (I’ll leave you to decide whether to put ‘Glamping’ in your glossary).
    I’ve never had rock buns baked during a “Wild Camping” trip…

    • Cameron says:

      It may not be camping in the traditional sense … but in the storms that other night it was certainly “wild” – the wind and snow were horrendous. It was so wild in fact we were forced to have to put the cork back in our bottle of wine for fear of it tipping over as the ‘van shook! Putting a cork back in a half full bottle is unheard of in our ‘van!

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