The BBC weather service tells me that the temperature here in Larbert is currently -7C, which is roughly what is predicted about midday tomorrow in the Tyndrum area. Bad news is mwis reckons it’ll feel like -16C where we’re going – if the wind finds us.
This is liable to be our last serious excursion of the year and we’re heading for the snow. Mind you all I have to do is step out the door – the bloody stuff has been sitting here for over a week and point blank refuses to budge! With overnight temperatures of -7C we need crampons to get to the car. I spent a chilly hour this morning removing 3” thick slabs of frozen snow off the tops of the “Tank” and the Panda.
I’ve picked what should be a nice easy Graham (2000’-2500’) near Tyndrum called Fiarach and hopefully both myself and The Fatdog should be able to crawl our way to the summit. I’ve packed the ice axe and my Spiders (mini spikes), but I’m praying the snow will have crusted over (but not frozen solid) so that we can make steady progress. Soft 3’ drifts will see the Fatdog totally submerged with me thoroughly piddled off trying to dig her out.
FD and I don’t normally tackle snow of this potential magnitude but the whole walk is less than 10km with almost 2/3rd of it on forestry track so that should put it well within our acceptable range. As long as we don’t have “the wrong sort of snow” that is!