I pose this question because I looked at today’s weather forecast for Deeside and Lochnagar and it was awfull both on MWIS and the Met Office websites-snow showers, white out conditions, low cloud at around 700m, winds of 60 mph with gusts up to 85 mph, windchill at -15 degrees C.
There were promises of good visibility.
A great day for a hill walk up a small hill.
I chose Cairn Leuchan, a 700m summit near Ballater with a track to the top, with great views to Lochnagar – but not today.
In these conditions normally there is no-one fullhardy enough to walk up there but to day I met three others – two wearing Páramo- both Hilltrek customers – the other wearing Mountain Equipment.
Therefore when I was on the hill 75% of the hillwalkers were wearing Páramo.
Now why is that? Are Páramo wearers a mad, full-hardy, decrepit old bunch with no sense or do they trust their gear to work in all conditions. Perhaps it is just a plain love for the outdoors.
My Páramo gear certainly worked – Alta Jacket, Velez Adventure Trousers, Grid baselayer, Core Insulator – despite sleety rain lower down, snow on top all being driven by a 60 mph wind.
Apologies for the lack of a photograph from the day , although I had packed in my camera the visibility was too poor.