Beinn a Chaorainn
21st January 2017
(Above) The east ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn (far skyline). Looking like a rock scramble from this aspect, though there’s probably at least a little snow on the northern flank of the ridge.
(Above) The east-facing side of Beinn a Chaorainn is divided into four unnamed broad coires. The shot above is of the third one when counting from north to south. Patchy coverage.
(Above) Great views today. An unusual vista of the Creag Meagaidh massif – viewed from Beinn a Chaorainn – with some of its significant features marked. Almost devoid of snow, of course.
(Above) Coire nan Laogh. One of the more remote locations on our patch and infrequently visited. Stumbled into the wet peat hags at the top end of this coire one misty summer’s day when out hillwalking. A most disagreeable experience!
(Above) Firm or frozen old snow in most places today. A few residual cornices still overhang Beinn a Chaorainnn’s steep east-facing coires.
(Above) The view south west towards Loch Trieg (Loch Laggan, its dam and the A86 at the bottom left of shot.)
(Above) Looking west towards Aonach Mor (with its back bowls) and Ben Nevis – left centre skyline.
(Above) The mystery of the Beinn a Chaorainn “standing stone”. Noticed this on the descent.
(Above) No other clues needed to see how it came about; the local stratigraphy provides the answer.
(Above) Shaded areas stayed frozen all day. This icy lochan is at 550m and the picture taken at 2pm. Even frosty in the shade of the trees down by the A86 (at 270m) later.
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