Does the weather ever put you off?

Discussion in 'General Walking Discussions' started by Slowandsteady, Nov 2, 2017.

  1. Slowandsteady

    Slowandsteady Regular Member

    As the title suggests, have you ever changed your plans because of the weather forecast, or do you still go ahead and see what develops?
  2. Andy_R

    Andy_R Of dubious origin.... Staff Member

    If we've got a trip to the Lakes planned or similar that involves ajourney, then we'll make the journey and then decide. Conditions can be so changeable too, that we've often started the walk and then decided to back-track rather than continue.


    This is Red Tarn on Helvellyn. The cloud base had progressivley lowered during our walk, and were pretty sure we'd have to retreat. If you tilt your head, and kind of squint you still can't see the peak. We decided at this point that there wasn't a cat in hell's chance that we were going to continue up Swirral Edge so headed back down to Glenridding. The mountains will still be there another day.
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  3. TVC

    TVC Active Member Staff Member

    Only Cloud/fog will stop me setting out on a walk, there is no point if there is no view. Strong wind might keep me away from exposure and edges but not stop a trip. Rain, meh, who cares.
  4. Spinney

    Spinney Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Under the edge
    Rain - I don't like it.

    On very wet days with an uncertain forecast we have been known to set off anyway, with the understanding that if it hasn't eased off by, say, 11 am, we turn back. On several occasions it has turned out to be a nice day, so we were really glad we'd braved the initial downpour.

    On the other hand, a few months ago we set off to go up Fairfield via St Sunday Crag. The rain had almost stopped by the time we got to the top of St Sunday, but it was very windy, and we'd been in the cloud since half way up. We decided that ticking one top was enough, and headed back down to the cafe.

    Moral of the story - I usually feel better about a horrid day if we have at least tried. I feel really fed up on wet days when we've decided not to go, and then it turns into a nice afternoon!
  5. Rocky

    Rocky Regular Staff Member

    On the sofa
    Driving rain, driving cold rain - not my favourite. Sometimes its best just to bail out. Mind you that’s not always possible when you are mid-way through a trek and have a BnB to get to in the evening.
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  6. Lakeslover

    Lakeslover Regular Member

    I’m much more prepared to go out on a walk in the bad weather (wind, rain or snow) than I am on a bike. Find it much easier to wrap up properly in lots of layers, than I do on a bike where I tend to overheat and find it much less dangerous when walking, than on the bike.
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  7. Drago II - the sequel

    Drago II - the sequel Regular Member

    Hot sun does me in.
  8. Glyder

    Glyder Regular Member

    A peninsula
    Yes. One foggy peak looks much like another and I've been on too many foggy peaks over the years so I try to avoid ending up on another foggy peak, especially if it's going to be a wet foggy peak.
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  9. Spinney

    Spinney Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Under the edge
    You don't like being on peaks?

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  10. Glyder

    Glyder Regular Member

    A peninsula
    I enjoy the ascent, my knees don't like the descent any more and if the weather is bad I don't hang around on the tops eating my sandwiches huddled behind a boulder with everyone else who's walked up the mountain.

    I don't like being on top of Snowdon in any circumstances! It's quieter in London city centre.
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