Travails in the wet
10th January 2021
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(Above) Wet day at all but highest elevations. A thin layer of water over bullet hard ice on the bottom end of the main Coire Ardair path added a bit of spice to foot passage up the glen today. Crampons would have been a good idea here (no, really!) if divvy dancing isn’t your thing. The wet ice morphs into wet compressed snow on the path above 400m once you escape the juvenile birch.
(Above) Lochan a Choire with (L to R) Raeburn’s Gully, Pinnacle Buttress and the Post Face. Murky conditions throughout and quite wet though there was snowfall above 1000m or so. Quite a lot of precip in the forecast for Monday with rain again at lower levels but snow above 950m + we’re expecting a period of poor snow stability.
(Above) SNH staff member attaches a tow hook to his van whilst he awaits rescue by the company LandRover ‘Defender’. He lost it whilst trying to ascend the track. Not surprisingly the Creag Meagaidh public car park next to the A86 was little better and would have passed muster as a curling pond. Quite challenging conditions for both bipeds and wheeled transport today at the ‘Meggie national nature reserve.
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