As soon as we got up past the snow-line, however, we realised that this was no standard rain storm...and no weather for camping. The rain was coming down in torrents, and we were actually in the cloud, rather than under it. The wind was also strong enough that it made putting tents up almost impossible.

I say "almost", because rather than admit defeat, we actually decided to stay up there on that forsaken col. We managed to get the tents up (all four of us working on each tent in turn) after about half an hour. When we finally had two tents up, we crawled inside, dripping wet and very cold. As our kit was also wet, it made little difference being inside or out, except for the wind.