/ Weather / winter outlook
Any mildly informed opinion about the prospects for Scottish winter climbing mid Feb?
From here (down south) the hills look black and the weather looks a bit miserable, hovering around 2-7C with various forms of damp, making the mid Feb prospects look poor unless there is an unexpected turn to winter cold.
There are signs of a colder second half of January according to various twitter weather folk. Only signs, but they're cautiously optimistic.
Are you sure it's not toying with me?
By the end of this week there will be a substantial build up of snow on the tops. Started today. Key will be what happens to weather thereafter. Very stormy this week.
Ohh - that's the second report I've had that it might be white...
Surely it's toying with me now?
I went up to Spayside on Tuesday, it was quite white over the Cairngorms. But it's now peeing down, start building your arch type rain. Freezing levels above the summits.
Bugger, it is toying with me...
I'm not going you hear? I'm not going so it is ok to snow now. Arse!
Snowing in the Cairngorms on Friday night and freezing up then and last night with ice on the A9 up to Aviemore a few hours ago.
And due to be very warm next week. Neither of which has a huge amount of bearing on what conditions will be like mid-Feb.
> And due to be very warm next week. Neither of which has a huge amount of bearing on what conditions will be like mid-Feb.
It is the building blocks for future good conditions on North faces though, although I didn't know there was to be warmer weather next week.
Is it still toying with me?
I see a big dump of snow coming followed by warm weather and rain with potential for an unstable snowpack coming in the next week...
Im honestly considering just not bothering with Scottish winter climbing any more. Its the discipline i put the most effort in to for training and it seems to be rather pointless. In 4 seasons of winter climbing ive had 1 decent season (the one when the beast from the east hit) the other 3 have been sh*t.
Im losing my motivation to even bother training for winter at the moment.
Looking at sport climbing in spain and just becoming a year round rock climber.
In all honesty I personally wouldn't bother if I lived south of the border, I feel like most of the days I've gotten out the last few years have only been down to chancing it for day and midweek by being a short drive to the hills...
Why not take a trip to Norway, cogne, etc instead, just come back from cogne and while temps where quite high we still climbed every day for a week, also it's as quick to get to as driving to Scotland (and cheaper to)
I had 8 days in Cogne last Feb/March. Saved my winter season.
> In all honesty I personally wouldn't bother if I lived south of the border,
I'm starting to feel that way and I live in Inverness.
To the op there will probably be stuff to be done, whether it's the stuff you want to do is a whole other matter.
> Why not take a trip to Norway, cogne, etc instead,
Because flying contributes to climate change and it's well past time we stopped jetting all over the place for frivolous sporting activities at the expense of the planet?
Just a thought.
Yes, more of the same. Pretty crap
Drive in an electric car and take 3 days to get there while it charges up!
Is the train a viable option? I'm asking out of my own interest, as I may be able to find some time for a winter event a little later into March, and skiing can be by train, but may go for winter climbing instead.
I have the option to go and stay near Glen Coe next week, but I think that that would be winter walking, which is not that bad an option. I'm probably not able to go next week anyway due to uncertainty about a date for an MRI scan. (To see if I have a brain. Does anyone heading to Scotland with ice-axes next week?)
PS I'll be a little jealous if my friends go and do things like Green Gully, or even just Tower Ridge.
Don't know about train, I think it's possible to get a bus from aosta to cogne so it could be assuming you can get to Turin by train?
Yes, there are buses from Aosta to Cogne.
You can get to An Eta with 3 changes from London. See Rail Europe or Trainline.
Seat61.com is also worth a look.
This Winter Conditions page gives a summary of what is being climbed at the moment, what is 'in' nick and what the prospects are...
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