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Scotlands 8 December 2011 Storm on Pannanich Hill nr Ballater

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Published on Dec 8, 2011

After work (i finish at 11am) i went for a walk up Pannanich Hill. I knew the weather was awful but as is often said 'theres no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing' and i was keen to check out how my walking gear performed. It was about 3 degrees and the wind was roughly 80mph at the top. It was possible to stand but walking into the wind was v.dificult. I walked down the lee slope of the hill and headed for the trees which provided such a calm space it seemed miraculous. The walking gear held up well. The only exception was my trail shoes which arent waterproof and didnt cope well with the slush.

I was wearing

Patagonia Ascensionist jacket (superb)
Patagonia Capeline 3 top (v.good, suprisingly warm, does smell before long)
Patagonia Capeline 3 bottoms (v.good, quick drying, light, smooth outer surface)
North Face Apex Pant (pretty rubbish)
Outdoor Designs Windpro Gloves (great fabric, poor stitching)
Buffalo pile and pertex Mits (superb fabric and surprisingly good dexterity)
Extra-heavyweight Teko merino wool socks (prety warm even when wet but poor durability)
Outdoor Desigs Windpro Balaclava (v.good, quick drying, very wind resistant, dosent blow away!)

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