Grim up ‘Meggie on Friday
15th March 2019
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I’ve often thought it would be useful to develop an Index of Mountain Misery (IMM) and classify mountain days accordingly.
Factors might include (in no particular order):-
A. ‘Brake light’ face – how red one’s face gets after ‘exfoliation’ by blowing snow, graupel or rain. (There’s probably already an app for this somewhere out there on the interweb. I have a Nokia 3310 brick, will it work with that? Perhaps someone can let me know?)
B. Post holing snow. The amount that’s crept up inside your gaiters (and into the top of your boots making your feet wet and cold). Measured in grams…but needs to be be carried out quickly back at the car park.
C. Underpants factor. ‘Soaked to the underpants’. An oldie but a goldie! Measured in cc. (Gloves for hygiene when wringing them dry.)
D. Mr Magoo. The number of minutes you’re able to wear goggles in appalling weather before they get so misted up they become an objective danger (hindering navigation, observation of where the edge of cornices are, stumbling into rocks, burns…yadda, yadda). Younger readers of the blog may need to Google ‘Mr Magoo’ for clarification.
E. Femur traps. The holes covered by snow that your leg suddenly and unexpectedly disappears down up to your crotch and you swear one day will snap your femur(s). A simple number count required for the day.
F. Feel the burn! Similar to femur traps but with added wetness. That wet boot misery when you disappear into a completely snow covered burn. Likelihood increased by the Magoo factor.
There will be many, many more.
Contributions from our knowledgeable blog followers welcome!
Need to work on a scoring system of course, but I swear I was well to the right on the ‘bell curve’ in each of all of the above getting up into the Inner Coire today.
We have snow lying down to 600m on favoured lee slopes and above 700m on windward aspects. Quite a lot of snow has blown on to lee areas above 850m (see the report) and stability is expected to remain poor here even after the predicted wind shift tomorrow morning.
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