Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These Conditions Reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

After a week of thaw we had the first sign of slightly cooler conditions coming back this morning. The west coast hills had a dusting of snow down to 800m and a bright morning made them look much more wintry. Unfortunately another deep low pressure system battered Scotland during the day with gale force wind and heavy rain that melted the snow as quickly as it had fallen. Our team from Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College endured a similar day yesterday at Kingussie Crag - today we made the most of a dry morning at Onich Slab before heading indoors to The Ice Factor. Currently the only ice climbing in Scotland is indoors but this might change over the coming week. The temperature is forecast to be more like what it should be at this time of year with the tops below freezing between short periods of thaw. The wind is forecast to remain very strong though right through to Christmas so don't expect easy conditions in the hills for quite a while yet.

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