Article “Your Gibraltar TV”
Weather4Mountain uses a code that allows as much weather data as possible to be conveyed into a short message, ideal for delivery by SMS to a SAT phone or Tracker. Although the business is just a few months old, albeit with Stephanie’s 28-year Met Office career under her belt, Adventure Partners isn’t the only company indebted to Weather4Mountain’s insights. Richard Hartley, owner of Sierra Nevada-based Spanish Highs Mountain Guides, helped Stephanie devise the code and put it to the test on an expedition to the Patagonia ice caps last winter.
For ten consecutive days, a bespoke three-day forecast was sent in code from Gibraltar to Richard’s Yellow Brick Tracker, with the aim of identifying a weather window which would get the team safely onto the Marconi Glacier. Weather4Mountain was able to monitor the team’s altitude and exact position via the Tracker and tailor the forecast to their current position. The expedition was a success with the Marconi Glacier and expedition goals achieved safely. Richard tweeted: “Appreciate the help of @MeteoGib in sending us daily mountain weather forecasts. Couldn’t have done this without you!”