Coire of the People: the last day.
13th April 2019
(Above) A little round up of the snow cover on our last report/forecast day of the season. East end: (R to L) Coire a Bheinn, Coire Dubh, Coire nan Gall with the summit of Carn Liath on the far left skyline. A bright sunny day but really quite cold – even in the sun – in the strengthening SE airflow.
(Above) L to R: Raeburn’s Gully, Pinnacle Buttress, Easy Gully – just visible – and the Post Face. Very strong and gusty winds later in the morning even down at glen level. The car park and Coire Ardair were quite busy today. Sunny but with a fair number of people on the path wearing hats, gloves and full-on winter jackets in the cold wind; and was even colder and windier at altitude, of course.
(Above) Easy Gully – complete with hard/firm snow depending on altitude. Cold enough for a thin smear of ice to start forming where Last Post, Creag Meagaidh’s well known ice route, is usually located.
(Above) The Window. Two walkers making slow, stop/go progress on steep ground up towards the top of this col. Crampons and ice axe essential pieces of equipment if contemplating ascending/descending steeply inclined snow slopes in the present underfoot conditions. The extra security of this kit is even more important in very windy conditions when a sudden gust of wind can easily upset your balance and have you struggling for secure footing, more so if you’re sans crampons/ice axe. A sudden and unplanned ‘buttock arrest’ (or worse) in the exposed boulders doesn’t bear thinking about.
That’s the last SAIS report/forecast and blog posting of the season, folks. Sincere thanks to all those who’ve followed and supported our blog since December. Wasn’t a classic snowy winter (though it had its moments) but I hope you managed to get out there and find at least a little wintry-flavoured mountain-going activity that was fun and fulfilling.
For ‘The Usual Suspects’ here at SAIS Creag Meagaidh it seemed to be the normal mix of good weather/bad weather, just less snow. Apologies for having to put up with our occasional rants and moans but we bleed too y’know.
Have a great summer, and see you again in December.
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