The morning after the night before
14th February 2020
Car park was, not surprisingly, deserted this morning. The very wet windy weather that passed through our area was enough to put most recreationalists off, I guess. Turned a bit brighter later but it was a day when really the only people on the hill had to be on the hill, like me (* & one other, see below).
(Above) Yesterday’s good weather and abundant snow cover appeared to have brought the skiers (see yesterday’s blog) in more numbers than we’ve seen for a while. Saw one skier out for a late jaunt up the main path otherwise the place was deserted. (* The lone skier is a participant in the SAIS Forecaster Training Program who was out on a ‘logbook’ day, looking at the snow and recording a formal snow profile). The main Coire Ardair path was fine on skis, if wet, but a nightmare on foot due to the depth of the snow.
(Above) The view up the glen towards the Post Face. The weather improved (loose description, that) a little later in the day after the lashing rain subsided. Note the puddle on the boulder. Snow cover is deep where drifted, and quite strenuous ploughing through less deep snow along the little ribs of exposed vegetation. The main path up Coire Ardair had a couple of ski tracks along its full length and one set of footprints. Foot-passage up to the lochan was definitely not for the faint-hearted today.
(Above) NE broad ridge of Sron a Ghoire (again!) having a brief moment in the spotlight this afternoon. Heard several gunshots from the vicinity of the sparse woodland down low in the photo, presumably from the SNH stalkers operating in the area.
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