Standing knee-deep in snow during a 3am blizzard, waiting for an overdue bus and placating a hotel reception-full of grumbling guests, I forced myself to remember what I thought would be so great about working as a winter holiday rep.
My name is David Tait - I'm an NSPCC Trustee and 'charity mountaineer' having now successfully climbed Mount Everest four times - in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. I climb to raise both awareness and money for the many violated kids - one of whom was I.
The jet stream had taken a vacation, migrated south for the winter leaving the UK at the mercy of a relentless icy blast. It's times like this when I realise the immense impact this ribbon of strong upper winds has on our weather - although through the past few years we have cursed it.