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/ Good wet weather venues along A82

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eschaton - on 08 Sep 2018

Recently moved to near Helensburgh/Dumbarton area and would like to know what wet weather options there are for cragging within roughly an hour's drive if not a little more. 

At the moment I'm leading up to VS on a good day and don't mind single or multi pitch. 

 

Thanks in advance 

Fiend - on 09 Sep 2018
In reply to eschaton:

Absolutely none?? There are some local-ish sport crags that will stay dry in the rain that are invariably very steep with 7c-ish climbing upwards and sometimes long walks too (Anvil, Bunker, Dumbuck). All of the trad is of a normal angle and won't escape any rain and some of it is high enough to get the worst of the weather (Cobbler). The best option is to head as far east as you can bear to drive to escape the usual wet westerly weather. Lednock - Dunkeld - Edinburgh area - Clova - Aberdeen coast.

Dave Kerr - on 09 Sep 2018
In reply to eschaton:

As fiend says in that area at your grade you're going to struggle. Head east or put your big boots on and do diffs in the rain!

eschaton - on 09 Sep 2018
In reply to eschaton:

Thanks both of you. What about further afield, just conscious of the nights drawing in. 

Is that a usual pattern of weather then? As in the West tends to be wetter than the east?

Fiend - on 10 Sep 2018
In reply to eschaton:

Absolutely yes. Scotland, like the rest of the UK, is often governed by Atlantic weather fronts, i.e. warmish Westerly winds bringing in moisture off the atlantic. But given a lot of the better Scottish climbing, and indeed the A82 is on the west AND close to mountains, it suffers even worse from that (although some further westerly peninsulas and hebrides can escape the rain as it blows over to dump on the hills). The general motto is stay glued to Metoffice (or site of your choice), be prepared to change your plans last minute, always go North and West if the weather allows (it often doesn't), otherwise go East when it's bad in the west. And be prepared to drive a lot. 

eschaton - on 13 Sep 2018
In reply to Fiend:

Thanks for the advice. 


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