What will the weather be like? I'm sure it's a common question, and I'm neither the first nor the last to ask it.
What will the weather be like?
The Friends of The Heysen Trail don't have a dedicated page for what to expect weather-wise, but our initial viewings of Josh's videos alerted us to the fact that it can get cold. In fact, Simon details in Heysen Highlights the presence of snow (which immediately excited me):
The derivation of the name St Mary Peak is uncertain. Cockburn’s What’s in a Name credits BH Babbage in 1856 and thought it was chosen because the Peak often had a saintly mantle of snow.
The Bureau of Meteorology has a huge amount of data, which I guess we helped pay for, so I thought I'd download data for the relevant stations and do some crunching and slicing & dicing to give us an overview of what we can expect.
The following Track is based on version 5 of the GPS:
The tooltips of the map pins are linked to the detailed statistics. In most cases the data ranges over many decades, so the averages should be pretty stable.
Next TaskGear Assessment
where we'll assess our gear and clothing requirements in light of possible extremes we may experience.
The Friends of The Heysen Trail have a huge amount of resources available, which we have obviously availed ourselves of quite liberally. I'll be updating this as required…