Interpreting weather changes in the field

  • What does the wind tell me?
  • What do clouds tell me?
  • Weather and altitude
  • Making practical use of weather knowledge

Often the current weather and, more importantly, the weather expected during the next few hours, impacts on decision making. A competent leader must be able to anticipate risk elements that could jeopardise the safety of party members. An ability to interpret weather changes in the field aids this decision making. To camp on the side of the ridge, or to push on to the next recognised camping spot? To seek shelter from the noon sun or to urge the water-depleted party onwards? To continue walking in the light mist or to put on full wet-weather gear?