13th January 2017
(Above) The A86 this morning. It’s one of the main arterial road across the highlands
believe it or not. An HGV had slithered off the road (bringing traffic to a halt) just round the corner. Treacherous driving first thing before the plough cleared the road. Much improved road conditions by late afternoon though. Part of Coire Chriochairein just visible on the far distant horizon during one of the (very) few glimpses of the sun. Actually, it snowed pretty much all morning and into the early afternoon.
Here’s a clip of breaking trail on the main Coire Ardair path……at 300m:-
General skiing conditions are not good but skis were certainly useful for access today.
(Above) Snow at all levels, some of it deep. The glens have quite a lot of snow but windward slopes are fairly clear. Photo of the north-facing flank of Sron a Ghoire. Quite a lot of drifted snow in the drainage features but pretty scoured elsewhere on this heavily exposed windward slope. (Deceptively bright conditions again! Generally speaking the camera only came out during lulls in the persistent showers.)
(Above) A better flavour of conditions today: wintry. The birchwoods either side of the main Coire Ardair path at 400m. The tracks ahead were made by an enthusiastic guy out doing a bit of winter ML prep. He didn’t get far up the track and looked ‘well-exercised’ when I met him on his return down the path shortly after this shot was taken.
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