Early season stuff
30th December 2006
It’s been a pretty quiet start at ‘Meggie. We’ve been handicapped a bit by lack of broadband access, electricity failures – Aberarder farmhouse has power supplied by a diesel generator which occasionally runs out of fuel – and only a dribble of snow. The old snow present before our season kicked off is limited to well-defined easy gully lines and larger (very deep) patches up high. All of these have been few several melt freeze cycles and are well stabilised but recent severe snow loss is raising the altitude at which low grade grade gully routes start (see photo).
The path up Coire Ardair has had a lot of money spent on it since March ’06. The improved surface will extend all the way up to the lochan and will take about 10 minutes off the walk in. There’s a much improved crossing over the burn that drains out of Coire Chriochairein and nearly all the gnarly, rocky, ankle-threatening sections have or will be upgraded soon. The last of the dreaded railway sleepers will be lifted sometime next year. We had over an inch (25mm) of rain in the last 24 hours and so far the new path hasn’t turned into a raging torrent like the path of old one could.
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