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simon3
2005-04-20 13:07:20
Whether Forecast
oh I loved that one Bleck!
my principle in walking in Wicklow has always been to disregard the weatherman and wait to see what I encounter

a. if you believe a bad weather forecast that turns out to be incorrect, you have missed a walk

b. when predicted, bad weather usually appears in showers which are easily dealt with

c. if you encounter continuous rain this is usually apparent before you start and you can do something different

d. if it really is unpleasant you can change your route and go home, often in Wicklow by setting your compass or GPS to the starting point

On average I would say the weather seriously stops me only about 2 weeks a year.

However this simple principle don't necessarily work elsewhere. I will never forget walking for 10 hours in the rain on the 'Turks in 1995. 450 people started (far too many) and only about 80 finished as far as I remember. I had become so cold that about two hours after finishing the walk I started to get spasms. You know stitches in your side or in your legs? Well this was in each and every limb. My entire body became rigid. For many of the wilder places, unlike most of Wicklow, it is quite difficult to leave an area, particularly if your transport is to the north or east of the range. Wicklow's mountains may have been 2500m high once but nowadays the flattened stumps left after 350m years of erosion don't offer as many serious cliffs as elsewhere..

It may have been snowing in the north but in Wicklow it was a continuous downpour. I see from john_desmond's comments however that the Comeraghs were actually clear!
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