8th January 2022
(Above) Overcast for most of the day but managed to get a shot of the Post Face of Coire Ardair this morning. Just a few folk out today – mostly dogwalkers on the main Coire Ardair path. Poorer stability in the early morning but noticeably better by the end of the day in most places except recent lee slopes above 950m.
(Above) Floundered up the SE shoulder of Coire Chriochairein today. Totally underestimated the depth of snow in quite shallow hollows so it ended up being a bit of a slow wade. The pronunciation of Coire Chriochairein is a bit of a tongue-twister for us non-Gaelic speaking types, so for simplicity we nicknamed it the Stone Coire after the larger and prominent boulder (above) at the foot of the SE shoulder. (No need to comment that we lack imagination on the naming front, we already know that!)
(Above) The lower part of the SE shoulder of the Stone Coire, aka Coire Chriochairein, illuminated by late sunlight. This shot gives a better perspective of the shoulder. The eponymous ‘stone’ is visible in the bottom left quadrant of the shot. Today’s formal observations took place just where the small cornice line begins above the sunlit steep mixed ground. Skis would have been a good option today, though the skiing down low would have been poor in moist snow.
(Above) ‘Unexpected item in the bagging area’. Saw this today at the local Kinloch Laggan 4×4 Centre next to the A86 nr Creag Meagaidh NNR. No holds barred offroading into the scenery? More likely, Land Rover Freelander 0, Scenery 1.
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