More like it…!!

13th February 2020

(Above) Winter wonderland – shame about the deep snow to get there!

(Above) Various tactics on display today (and from a wide cultural diversity of visitors). Yes…oversea visitors have recently been in the news – Ben Nevis! Good on them for getting out and having an adventure I say (sure it went wrong – but we learn from our mistakes!)

My fellow ‘ snow floggers’ for today of a different ilk – well sorted!

A Polish adventurer on ski mountaineering kit and…. following in his wake a German visitor. Displaying an impressive level of fitness as he brushed aside his encounters with the ‘Meggie side of path, up to armpit’ experience … hats off – he actually made his romp up into the Main Coire before I’d arrived in the adjacent Coire (Coire a Chriocharien) courtesy of the wake of the Polish ski tourer. Given the snow plugging required – a very  impressive bit of snow travel. Well done Sir – respect!

(Above) Another technique on display today  – in an ‘effort’ gain height . A group of winter hill goers choosing the wind scoured slopes of Cairn Liath, for their ‘on foot’ adventure. I suspect, despite the visual scouring the lower slopes of heather provided  a similar experience as the main path did, for our German friend!

Good effort all.  I trust the upper slopes made for easier egress…..

(Above) A well plastered Creag Meagaidh Post Face – photo from my high point of the day. The adjacent and unpronounceable – according to my Polish ski tourer friend (and I do sympathise with him!) ……  Coire a Chriochairein 

(Above) Nice switchbacks being cut by my trail breaker for the day – up the back wall of Coire a Chriochairein to top out around 1300 hrs. Sad to say I didn’t get the benefit of as much of the ‘down’ as he did (report deadlines!)

Still – a good day out. Sadly I don’t think many will get the benefit either of the cut ski tracks tomorrow. High winds and a bit of a ‘minger’ in store.

Scottish winter games – grab them when you can!

Enjoy 🙂

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