The 2016/17 winter season has been one of Europe’s leanest in recent memory. Here in Scotland we have suffered a barren season to say but the least, with little to no snowfall of note. Strong winds, warmer irregular temperatures and wetter weather turned what little snow that did fall to tap water quicker than any of us would have liked.
We can all sit and put this winter down to bad luck, blame it on a mythical power, or in the baffling case of some individuals ignore and deny the facts completely. The reality is however, that climate change is a real and very serious issue. It is threatening not only our winters and the sports and lifestyle that go with them, but our quality of life on the whole. It doesn’t matter if you are an industry professional, crusty dirt bag seasonaire or if you simply enjoy the occasional holiday with your family. The threat to our winters is real and we all have a responsibility to help prevent further and lasting damages.
Earlier this month Freeze team photographer and general nuisance Mike Guest along with fellow Freeze team rider Adam Gairns went off in search of what was left in the way of the little snow that did fall; hiding in the 4th Gully from the 1345m summit of the UK's highest Mountain - Ben Nevis. Opting for a late start, intentional? Perhaps not. Anyway their excuse was to catch some of the last light of the day, in search of a hazy golden west coast sunset as they began their descending turns.
For further information on how you can play your part in helping preserve our precious winters check out our friends Protect Our Winters UK
All images © Mike Guest