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Snow 2010

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  • 21-11-2010 7:57pm
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    Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 3,969 Mod ✭✭✭✭


    Snowing on Sally Gap today and Kippure is snowcapped.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,400 ✭✭✭Caroline_ie


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,410 ✭✭✭Icyseanfitz


    id love to get some snow down here in tralee this year :) snow mountain biking would be class :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,099 ✭✭✭morana


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    But Jens would like it Caroline!:cool:


  • Registered Users Posts: 364 ✭✭macken04


    i got stuck there 2day. got a flat @ the right hand turn heading down to blessington on my way home. stop to change the tube and its starts snowing. Had to call for a lift wasnt going to risk it any further.

    it was a nice day out though


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,276 ✭✭✭kenmc


    yay! snow! I love snow. boo on caroline for hasing sads.


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  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 3,969 Mod ✭✭✭✭Planet X




  • Registered Users Posts: 7,276 ✭✭✭kenmc


    not at all surprised tbh, I was out with Orwell this morning and we had sleet on the pine forest road between foxes and cruagh road, shortly after 10. I think the air temp dropped around 10 degrees between me leaving the house @9:15 and getting back at 11:30. Was bitter.


  • Posts: 16,720 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    Quite wet out tonight, with reports of temperatures dropping over the night (clear sky). Ice might be something to look out for tomorrow.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,123 ✭✭✭daragh_


    Planet X wrote: »

    Was up there around 11. Got snowed/sleeted on coming up by Lough Tay. After that was just wet and cold. Very very happy to have brought my Sealskinz gloves.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    kenmc wrote: »
    not at all surprised tbh, I was out with Orwell this morning and we had sleet on the pine forest road between foxes and cruagh road, shortly after 10.
    My hands were gonna fall off me after that descent down Stocking Lane. Honestly felt like the temps had dropped about 5 degrees between Johnny Foxes and there.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭doozerie


    kenmc wrote:
    not at all surprised tbh, I was out with Orwell this morning and we had sleet on the pine forest road between foxes and cruagh road, shortly after 10. I think the air temp dropped around 10 degrees between me leaving the house @9:15 and getting back at 11:30. Was bitter.
    seamus wrote:
    My hands were gonna fall off me after that descent down Stocking Lane. Honestly felt like the temps had dropped about 5 degrees between Johnny Foxes and there.

    Small world, I was out with one of Orwell groups along there too - which group were you guys with?

    My lesson of the day was not to ride on a cold day with a well ventilated helmet and a one-day-old short haircut. The top of my forehead went numb about a third of the way down Stocking Lane. Almost made me long for the days of big hair to return (I'll bet these guys wouldn't have felt the cold), but that could just have been the effects of frostbite of my frontal lobe.

    Saw a guy cycling in shorts near Johnny Fox's which made me feel cold generally. Mind you, he had enough leg hair to knit himself a pair of tights so maybe he was fine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,824 ✭✭✭levitronix


    I came down stocken lane around 2pm yesterday in a hail stone shower, had one hand over my face and one hand on the front brake the whole down was pain !! But that wasnt as bad as the descent down wicklow gap 2hours earlyer we had to stop in the hippe cafe for hot chocolate and goulash to get a bit of heat back into the body


  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭oflahero


    kenmc wrote: »
    not at all surprised tbh, I was out with Orwell this morning and we had sleet on the pine forest road between foxes and cruagh road, shortly after 10. I think the air temp dropped around 10 degrees between me leaving the house @9:15 and getting back at 11:30. Was bitter.

    Yes, fixing a puncture in said sleet and wind near Glencree was a character-building exercise for me. Felt more sorry for the rest of the orwell group who gallantly refused to keep going. At least I had to keep moving my fingers and keep circulation going that way.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,123 ✭✭✭daragh_


    What route do you normally go on those Sunday Orwell spins.

    I only ask as I met a young fella in your gear on his own coming down from Glencree. He seemed a bit lost - but that might have been the Hypothermia as he had forgotten his jacket. Left him in Enniskerry. Hope one of your groups picked him up.


  • Registered Users Posts: 765 ✭✭✭oflahero


    daragh_ wrote: »
    What route do you normally go on those Sunday Orwell spins.

    I only ask as I met a young fella in your gear on his own coming down from Glencree. He seemed a bit lost - but that might have been the Hypothermia as he had forgotten his jacket. Left him in Enniskerry. Hope one of your groups picked him up.

    The routes vary week to week, but the general plan is posted up on the club website in the group spin roster. I'm new myself, so I just go with the flow and try not to take out anyone.

    There were a few groups out yesterday all planning the same kind of route, but the weather caused all kinds of chaos - first to go was group discipline as a result of numb hands and general feeling of 'oh God let's just get home'. Hopefully said young lad knew what he was at - one of the groups had a coffee stop in Enniskerry for example I believe.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,276 ✭✭✭kenmc


    doozerie wrote: »
    Small world, I was out with one of Orwell groups along there too - which group were you guys with?
    We were the 3rd group off, the "guided advanced beginner" or something. About 14 or so of us I think. I was wearing old-skool boards jersey.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭doozerie


    kenmc wrote:
    We were the 3rd group off, the "guided advanced beginner" or something. About 14 or so of us I think. I was wearing old-skool boards jersey.

    Ah right, I went with the second group. I wasn't sure if we were the only group to submit to the weather and head down Stocking Lane. I think the planned route had been to head over to, and up, Ballinascorney but most people in our group just went home at the bottom of Stocking Lane though


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,276 ✭✭✭kenmc


    doozerie wrote: »
    Ah right, I went with the second group. I wasn't sure if we were the only group to submit to the weather and head down Stocking Lane. I think the planned route had been to head over to, and up, Ballinascorney but most people in our group just went home at the bottom of Stocking Lane though
    Yeah none of us were too keen on going any higher than the viewing point, towards glencree/enniskerry cos you'd have to descend through the forest on leaves and pine needles etc. Very glad we did turn back early, was very cold when got home. We had to wait a few times for ppl and that's never nice in that sort of weather.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭doozerie


    kenmc wrote:
    We had to wait a few times for ppl and that's never nice in that sort of weather.

    Yeah, we waited for a few people near Johnny Fox's but thankfully they were not long arriving and the weather at that stage wasn't too bad. Later on though someone suggested that we wait at the junction of the descent from Glencullen and Pine Forest but that was crazy 'cos by then it was colder and wetter and we were already cooling down on the downhill leg (short as it was) so it would have been the worst circumstances to stop and wait. Circling back would have been an option but we'd just have been faced with a repeat of the cold descent from Glencullen so instead people took the most sensible option and continued slowly up Pine Forest to give others a chance to get back on. We stopped again up near the junction with Stocking Lane but that was mainly just to discuss what we were going to do from there. There are circumstances where stopping and waiting is reasonable, but not in those weather conditions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,276 ✭✭✭kenmc


    doozerie wrote: »
    There are circumstances where stopping and waiting is reasonable, but not in those weather conditions.
    Agreed, but to be fair the Beginners is a no-drop group I'd say.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭doozerie


    Yes, it wouldn't be fair at all to drop people from the beginner's group, so in that case I'd opt to double back. Or just one person doubles back to pick them up and bring them back up to the group (assuming the group isn't moving quickly that is, which it shouldn't be if it is beginners). Having to re-do a cold descent on Sunday, by doubling back, wouldn't have been fun but certainly preferable to stopping and waiting.


  • Administrators, Social & Fun Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 76,161 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Beasty


    Oh - I get it now -

    Sunday Orwell Spins 2010


    For a moment or two I thought this thread was heading a bit off-topic ...


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,276 ✭✭✭kenmc


    miaow :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,830 ✭✭✭doozerie


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    ...and back on topic again.


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 3,969 Mod ✭✭✭✭Planet X


    Get your wooly jumper on..........


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,031 ✭✭✭CheGuedara


    Minus. Ten. Degrees. Celsius.

    :eek:

    Edit: WTF! Is that forcast for 1pm in the day!?! :eek:


  • Registered Users Posts: 304 ✭✭mfdc


    CheGuedara wrote: »
    Minus. Ten. Degrees. Celsius.

    :eek:

    My immense weather knowledge (lurking the weather forum for a couple weeks a year :D) tell me that that's a temp chart for the upper atmosphere, not ground level. They say that lower than -8 up there is necessary for snow though, so -10 is bad news for the bikes.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 113 ✭✭Dr. No


    I came a cropper twice off the mountainbike in the snowy conditions last christmas, the second time I skidded off in front of two hot women. I wasn't looking where I was going:o.
    It's pretty cold over here in Scotland too. Snow forecast for during the week. Was out today on the aul rothar (I have the week off yay) and my hands were so numb I couldn't even shift the sti levers to change gear.
    Moral of the story is wrap up warm and drink plenty of fluids.


  • Registered Users Posts: 68,317 ✭✭✭✭seamus


    I'll probably take out the MTB for commuting from this weekend.

    Blasphemy.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,276 ✭✭✭kenmc


    seamus wrote: »
    I'll probably take out the MTB for commuting from this weekend.

    Blasphemy.

    just have it on standby sure. actually better get a second and leave that in town in case it snows during the day and you can't get home on the road bike...


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