The quiet side of the mountain.
17th February 2018
(Above) Ski tour today up towards Carn Dubh and Coire a Bheinn from near Garvamore in the upper Spey. Very quiet here; didn’t see a soul (of the human variety) all day. Started out in light rain (Oh, joy!) this morning but, thankfully, this soon morphed into light snowfall above about 400m. Skiing to and from the road, too, which was a bit of a bonus.
(Above) Looking back down towards Spey Dam. Great cover! Easy skinning & fast travel. Thankful I was on skis rather than on foot. The deeper stuff would be exhausting if out and about just on Shanks’s Pony.
(Above) Looking up towards the summit of Carn Dubh from the trig point at 767m. A rolling whaleback of a ridge. Coire a Bheinn in shadow to the right; Coire Dubh (just visible) on the left side of the watershed. Really quite wintry though it doesn’t look it in the photo.
Drifting snow all day today above 700m. Site of a hasty pit:-
All change tomorrow. Much milder from mid-morning. Freezing level rising from 600m at 9am to 1600m by 5pm. Stability expected to begin declining from late morning onwards.
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