Quiet New Year at Creag Meagaidh.
1st January 2021
(Above) Lochan a Choire and the crags of Pinnacle Buttress and the Post Face in upper Coire Ardair. Flat light aplenty at a quiet Creag Meagaidh today. Poor visibility for most of the day above 750m. Reasonable cover of snow, including on the main path which was a bit of a pain.
(Above) Lifted from yesterday’s BBC News website. ‘Loony Dooker’ Alice Goodridge (breaking another sort of trail) in Loch Insh, which is just down the road from where I live. I think I understand ‘Wild Swimming’ since it’s what we used to do as kids in local rivers and lochs/lakes etc. but was never a ‘thing’ which is what it’s become nowadays. But I don’t yet fully grasp the appeal of Scottish winter Wild Swimming. My neighbour, a sometime employee at Glenmore Lodge who also swims in Loch Insh every day, says it’s like Scottish winter mountaineering…but with added wetness. Ah, just a different form of masochism! It’s all beginning to make sense now…
(Above) A view of Sron a Ghoire’s east aspects. There’s quite deep snow (drifts) above 900m on most aspects. The cover is reasonable at lower altitudes and quite moist/icy below 400m especially where there’s been compaction by foot traffic.
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