Snowdon walker captures rare Brocken spectre


Blackleaf
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A walker has captured images of a rare weather phenomenon called Brocken spectre on New Year's Day.

Rhys Pleming was climbing Snowdon, Gwynedd, with his friend and they made it to the summit at about 08:15 GMT for the sunrise.

Mr Pleming said the clouds began to cover the summit and another walker spotted the rare weather effect.

Snowdon walker captures rare Brocken spectre


3 January 2020
BBC News



A walker has captured images of a rare weather phenomenon called Brocken spectre on New Year's Day.

Rhys Pleming was climbing Snowdon, Gwynedd, with his friend and they made it to the summit at about 08:15 GMT for the sunrise.

Mr Pleming said the clouds began to cover the summit and another walker spotted the rare weather effect.

The Met Office says the Brocken spectre appears when a large shadow of an observer is cast on to cloud or mist.

The 30-year-old said it was originally his friend Dale Spraggs' idea to walk up on Wednesday.

"I was hesitant on going as I was out drinking for new years," he said.

"Dale goes up every year for new year but I was 50/50 about going. But I'll be forever in his debt."

Despite only having three hours sleep, they started their journey at 06:00 and glimpsed the rare sight some hours later.


Rhys Pleming saw the first sunrise of the new decade on Snowdon, Wales's tallest mountain

Mr Pleming, who lives in Llanrug, said the spectre appeared between the summit cafe and the peak at about 09:25.

"We were facing Llanberis and all of sudden this guy said 'did you see that' and we said 'yeah it's like a circular rainbow'.

"I just gazed at it. Some people walked past it without even knowing what it was.

"I'm just a point and shoot photographer, it's just a hobby. I just wanted to get up to get some pictures of the sunrise."

The term Brocken spectre was coined in 1780 in Germany, named after the mountain it was first spotted on.

The Brocken is the highest peak in the Harz Mountains and is often shrouded in cloud or mist.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-50981682
 
AnnaEmber
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"The Brocken Spectre is your own shadow, cast on mists below you, when you are mountain climbing. The shadow may appear enormous and has a ring around it."
https://earthsky.org/earth/what-is-the-brocken-spectre
 
Blackleaf
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Shane Cross witnessed a Brocken spectre while walking up Snowdon in October

In the past, the phenomenon was thought to be a supernatural creature dubbed The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui and, according to legend, those who witness a Brocken spectre will die in the mountains the next day.

"I'm not very superstitious, but I might leave it until the weekend before I go back again now," Mr Cross added.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dai...n-17095648.amp




Am Fear Liath Mr (Big Grey Man) is an entity said to haunt Ben Macdui, the UK's second-tallest mountain. The Brocken spectre is one theory as to what it is...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am_Fear_Liath_Mr
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AnnaEmber
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post


Shane Cross witnessed a Brocken spectre while walking up Snowdon in October

In the past, the phenomenon was thought to be a supernatural creature dubbed The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui and, according to legend, those who witness a Brocken spectre will die in the mountains the next day.

"I'm not very superstitious, but I might leave it until the weekend before I go back again now," Mr Cross added.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dai...n-17095648.amp




Am Fear Liath Mr (Big Grey Man) is an entity said to haunt Ben Macdui, the UK's second-tallest mountain. The Brocken spectre is one theory as to what it is...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am_Fear_Liath_Mr

Oh, no! Ghosts! RUN!
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by AnnaEmber View Post

Oh, no! Ghosts! RUN!

I think it may be more of a Yeti-like creature:



PROFESSOR Norman Collie was a man of science, a professor of chemistry at the University College London. He was also an avid hill-walker and the last man anyone expected to tell absurd stories of strange footsteps on a remote hill. Yet that was the tale he told at the annual general meeting of the Cairngorm Club in Aberdeen on a dark, winter night in December 1925.

Collie had been alone on Ben MacDui, the highest peak in the Cairngorms and the second highest in Scotland, in 1891 when he was became convinced that he was being stalked.

"I began to think I heard something else than merely the noise of my own footsteps," he said. "For every few steps I took I heard a crunch, and then another crunch as if someone was walking after me but taking steps three or four times the length of my own."


Overwhelmed by a sudden and fierce terror he ran four or five miles down the mountain as "the eerie crunch, crunch sounded behind".

This was the first official record of a strange presence on the hilltops high up in the Cairngorms, but it was not the last. A number of experienced climbers - rational men and women - have since given accounts of encountering Am Fear Liath Mor (The Big Grey Man) on the mountain.


Physical descriptions agree that the figure is hairy, huge - about 10 feet tall - with pointed ears, long legs and finger-like talons on his feet. So far so yeti, but descriptions of the Grey Man dont stop there.

Rather bizarrely, a couple of witnesses claim the creature wears a top hat and whenever he appears, the sound of loud, crunching footsteps echo across the mountain. Some hear singing, others ghostly laughter.

The Grey Man is apparently more often felt than physically seen. Climbers experience uncontrolled terror, deep despair and huge negative energy. Not surprisingly many walkers feel an overwhelming desire to run away. Some have felt themselves pursued by echoing footsteps. Others are hypnotically drawn to the edge of cliffs.

There have been a number of explanations put forward to explain the Grey Man, from the reasonable to the surreal. Among the favourites is that the beast is some type of big-foot species long thought extinct. If this sounds too plausible, then you may choose to believe that he is some mystical holy man or even an extraterrestrial. More recently it has been suggested that Ben MacDhui is a "window" area an interface between two worlds. Could the Grey Man be the portal guardian, placed among the high Scottish hills to deter intruders?
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