23rd February 2017
Winter Storm Doris certainly imbued yesterday’s weather forecast with a bit of ‘que sera, sera’. (Remember the song and singer? I do. That must make me very old.)
Shanks’s pony today but felt the need for skis; certainly would have made access less tiring, though general skiing conditions are poor as there’s no real base. The last time I mentioned how lousy the general skiing conditions were, the very next day I came across newish ski tracks meandering across the plateau in a vain attempt to link patches of snow. Some of you are very determined and dedicated to your sport!
Though possibly a tad obsessive compulsive, too?
Fancy a wade in the snow? I didn’t, but had no choice!
By complete co-incidence I stumbled across a Glenmore Lodge winter hill-walking group being shepherded up towards Carn Liath by instructor Keith Miller, who’s well-known to SAIS Creag Meagaidh. Below:
(Above) The Glenmore Lodge group on the Coire Ardair path shortly to depart “off piste” to Carn Liath. Keith had just fielded a phone call informing him of some spontaneous avalanche activity in one of the other areas, so I’m not sure that’s a smile you see on their faces or a terrified rictus. Only they can say!Â
(Above) The main Coire Ardair path always looks awesomely pretty under new snow and didn’t fail to please today.
(Above) “Off piste” at 800m. See the video clip for grunting sound effects.
(Above) Coire Ardair. Good cover today though a bit stumbly as the deep snow hides all manner of man traps.
(Above) A ‘mocking’ sun over Sron a Ghoire. It never managed to penetrate the cloud cover resulting in a day of flat light and really quite poor visibility at all levels.
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23rd February 2017 10:46 pm
Thanks for the arrow, Tom! Almost missed it, enchanted by the beauty of the snow covered trees… We made Carn Liath with not dissimilar sound effects to yourself but we went no further and it was gone 5 before we returned to the bus.
(Another) Tom – in the Glenmore group
23rd February 2017 10:55 pm
Quite a hard day in the hills for everyone. Good effort all round, I say!
Glad you found my little transient waymark pointing you in the direction of Na Cnapanan and Carn Liath, though I thought it might get obliterated by drifting snow before you got to it!
Many thanks for your comment, Tom.