9th April 2016
(Above) Coire Ardair and the Post Face from the Carn Liath plateau today. Wintry with a covering of fresh snow above 700m.
(Above) A glimpse of The Window just below the cloud base.
(Above) Spotted a lone hill walker (arrowed) high on the Carn Liath plateau just above the prominent re-entrant called the Min Window. The steep East-facing crags and broad gullies of Coire Chriochairein sunlit in the background.
(Above) Definite wintry feel up high with a covering of fresh snow but only a little drifting. The photo was taken from another re-entrant on the Carn Liath plateau, what we SAIS ‘Meggie Forecasters call Shark’s Fin Gully. Its Gaelic name is Uinneag Coire a’ Chaorainn, but Shark’s Fin Gully trips off the tongue a little more easily for us non-Gaelic speakers. Â (Coire Chriochairein we call the ‘Stone Coire’ – there’s a massive boulder at its entrance – Â for much the same reason).Â Named Shark’s Fin by IFMGA Guide Euan Todd and John Lowther – the inaugural SAIS Forecasters here ‘back in the day’ – due to the strange wind-sculpted snow feature akin to a shark’s fin which occasionally appears at this spot.Â
(Above) Different world down on the main Coire Ardair path. A passing shower in the distance tracking along Loch Laggan.
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9th April 2016 5:44 pm
Uinneag Coire a’ Chaorainn – the palatial snow holes? We visited some weeks ago. Missed you again! Thanks for the heads up.
9th April 2016 6:52 pm
Ah, yes…the snow holes! Indeed, the very same place, Paul, but the snow holes are now long gone. Many thanks for your comment and very best wishes.