Wintry start (plus a round up of SAIS summer tittle-tattle).
15th December 2017
Great to be back, especially since winter really seems to have made its presence felt at Creag Meagaidh.
(Above) Looking towards the Post Face of Coire Ardair from Coire Chriochairein. Good snow cover in Coire Ardair at the moment. At least two people broke trail all the way up the main coire path to the lochan today. General cover down low is between 12 and 15cms on the path but with occasional much deeper drifts. Skis a good option for access; skiing possible all the way from Aberarder Farmhouse on Friday and should be the same for Saturday. Fresh uphill ski tracks noted on the way up to Na Cnapanan for Carn Liath and beyond. A lot of unconsolidated snow around so the downhill probably a bit challenging.
(Above) The south-facing side of Coire Ardair. It was a bit of a stumbly flounder at times crossing the deeper unconsolidated snow here on the way into Coire Chriochairein. Foot passage pretty challenging in these and similar locations in the lee of recent Northerly winds. Flat light prevalent during the morning.
(Above) Sron a Ghoire – its North-facing flank. Pretty heavily scoured above about 700m on this side exposed to the stronger Northerly winds. Foot soldiering likely to be a lot less tiring where the vegetation isn’t buried!
(Above & below) The main Coire Ardair path at 500m. The overhead conditions cheered up a lot later in the afternoon. Wasn’t wall-to-wall sunshine but definitely more than momentary breaks in the cloud.
The beginning of the winter season seems an opportune time to look back and share a little SAIS summer tittle-tattle with our loyal followers.
(Above) Quite by accident came across Graham Moss, a stalwart of SAIS Lochaber, when I was spectating (at a very safe distance, I should add) at the Aviemore Triathalon held back in August in Glenmore. Here’s Graham (clad in neoprene) when the it was announced over the PA system – to applause all round – that there were few if any waves on Loch Morlich for the swimming section of the event.
Good effort though, Graham!
No names, no pack drill!
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