All creamed up!

5th March 2017

Following some PMA (positive mental attitude) from yesterday  – a now much improved vista quickly returned and although only a few of the early morning snow showers seem to have made it our direction (from further East)  – the sun did at least shine again!!

I thought this East – West  montage might show the very spatial nature of the beast which forms our winter playground (even more spatial once we get to the hills!!) This the reason why there are 6 separate forecast areas comprising the activities of the SAIS – should any need persuading!

The early morning excitement became quickly subdued –  the journey so far…..

(Above) Exit am from home, Kingussie – things looking promising for skis on feet in the mountains!

(Above) (A86) Newtonmore – Laggan. The day  ahead at Creag Meagaidh still looking good for skis on feet!

(Above) Leaving Laggan (Hmmm – going monochrome, not good!)…. onwards and West

(Above) A86 Approaching Ardverikie – black roads, but at least blue skies!

(Above)  SAIS work base at Aberarader, Creag Meagaidh, SNH. Loch Laggan-side

(Above) Main path to Coire Ardair – through the Birch (nae skis today – shanks pony again!)

(Above) Out of the woods! Blue skies. Creag Meagaidh’s Post Face and the slopes to The Window – all freshly ‘creamed up’ !

(Above) The Post Face,  Creag Meagaidh –  still little by way of build in any of the main Post Face lines

(Above) Top of the Staghorn ramp and ‘The Pipes’ also showing little build up – some pockets of windslab lying around all the same, on the upper aprons, above cliffs.

(Above) Spring-like conditions on descent at end of day –  towards Aberarder and Loch Laggan

(Above ) The drive back home, coming into Kingussie, from Newtonmore and  it looked like it was the hills further East which benefited most from any early morning snowfall –  the cut of Coire Garblach (to the right of centre and the Feshie hills of the Cairngorms – off to the left)



‘Postscript’ (hurriedly included added! ). No mobile phone equipment used in the taking of these images – vehicle stationary at moment of capture…..!) 


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