Touring

23rd February 2018

(Above) A busy car park today at Creag Meagaidh. Things a little hazy up high in the hills to start –  the high pressure soon burnt the worst of it off.

(Above) A couple of ski tourers heading out for their day (btm rt)   low on Slog Sron a Ghoire. The snow cover is slightly better this side of the range at lower elevations, so perhaps not such a bad direction if on the ’round’ (the downside perhaps is a longer carry to end the day on the Cairn Liath side  – a 6 & two 3’s perhaps!)

(Above) The couple of well equipped ski tourers, now on the shoulder of Sron a Ghoire (lower approach slopes of Cairn Liath opposite, in background). The breakable crust of recent days has firmed up and conditions underfoot are hard to icy. Good use being made of the harscheisen to make steady upward progress (Thanks for letting me get a bit of colour into the camera lens today!)

(Above) A corniced wind scoup, high on NE Gullies of Sron a Ghoire providing the venue for today’s formal pit. Some very minimal windblown deposits overlying a hard, icy base.

(Above) A hard base for sure. Sharp shovels needed today – I didn’t dig too far!

(Above) Glorious end to the day – sunshine, although cool on the tops in the strong SSE winds

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