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Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 09.05hrs on Wed 13 Dec 06
Just started reading this book: Frozen in Time

[theweatheroutlook.com]

great read about past winters, notably 1947, 1962-63, and 1978-79

if we had a winter like those, in this day and age we would be stuffed!
makes my heart bleed reading about all the snow
but if it happened now it would be more fustrating as we wouldnt be able to ski on it!, due to access problems etc
pfairbrother


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 11.13hrs on Wed 13 Dec 06
I think we'd all become cross country skiers!

For a few weeks there'd be no lifts operating but for those living close to the hills with touring gear we'd have them to ourselves.(Assuming we could get enough food to keep the energy levels up!)

Also wouldn't be able to get in to work - damn!

Paul
h11lly


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 18.35hrs on Wed 13 Dec 06
Ah the memories - 3rd June 1979 full length Cas, spring snow, mogules on the gunbarrel in wall to wall sunshine. They closed for the season the next day but with more snow left than they have actually had on many occasions when they've operated in recent winters.

That was a winter when the Ciste was in full swing. You could ski right back to the base station under the chair, and the Anoach poma had opened for its first season in the December (78)
telemarker


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 19.52hrs on Thu 14 Dec 06
I was only 5 !, but enjoyed the sledging in hills near Grantown-on-spey!
II


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 20.26hrs on Thu 14 Dec 06
I was 4 and living in Northumberland at the time but I do remember drifts above my head and sledging down this hillsmiling smiley

red up black downsmiling smiley
pfairbrother


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 20.54hrs on Thu 14 Dec 06
II Wrote:
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> I was 4 and living in Northumberland at the time
> but I do remember drifts above my head and
> sledging down this hill

Aye canny steep. I've walked up there a fair few times!

I was stuck in London at uni but did get out to N Wales a couple of times. All the gullies on Tryfan were well banked up. We did them all in one day.

Paul
h11lly


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 00.40hrs on Fri 15 Dec 06
Thanks guys for reminding me how young I am........ hmmm winking smiley
HTH


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 14.52hrs on Fri 15 Dec 06
If it helps, I was 18 during the winter of 78-79 and was learning how to handle an ice-axe in the "Arrochar Alps".

I was actually around for the previous great winter of 62-63, but have no memory of it....but that was the 60's for you! - (If you can remember them, you weren't really there.)

Does that ease the pain? winking smiley



Edited 1 times. Last edit at 14.53hrs Fri 15 Dec 06 by HTH.
h11lly


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 19.57hrs on Fri 15 Dec 06
No, but thanks for trying smiling smiley Next weekend I'll be the age of the year I was born. Ha !... set you a puzzle there confused smiley
II


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 21.42hrs on Fri 15 Dec 06
Helen,
You don't look a day over 40 smiling smiley



Edited 1 times. Last edit at 09.31hrs Sat 16 Dec 06 by II.
pfairbrother


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 12.01hrs on Sat 16 Dec 06
h11lly Wrote:
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Ha !... set you
> a puzzle there

mathematical solution:

2006 - x = 1900 + x

x = ?

So that day in June on the gorm you were 25.

Well now the cat is well and truly out of the bag.
And yes you don't look a day over 40!
Must be all that mountain air.



h11lly


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 20.40hrs on Sat 16 Dec 06
Yep I was 25- might have known you'd come up with a formula Paul cool smiley

Anyway your and II's kind words are much appreciated smiling smiley

I can actually remember the winter of 62-63. I was a kid in Edinburgh and my very sensible parents decided to put central heating in during the autumn of 62 which was so good after coal fires in all the rooms.

We lived at the foot of a steep road with a bend that had the wrong camber. I had great fun watching all the cars either failing to get up or skidding coming down. It was during that winter that we woke to a loud crash. On investigating it we discovered that a coal lorry had skidded coming down the hill, gone through the hedge along the front of our neighbours garden, and deposited it's load in the middle of his front lawn. What was ironic was that our neighbour was a coal merchant. As you can imagine the ' carrying coals to Newcastle 'saying was much used when the rest of the street discovered the accident.

I also remember skating several times during that winter on Linlithgow Loch which was frozen solid

BoardinBob


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Re: Frozen in Time
Date Posted: 16.24hrs on Wed 20 Dec 06

I was born in January 1978 and many times my old dear has told me the story of it starting to snow one day in February, to which my dad uttered the immortal line
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