Lost & Found.

15th February 2021

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(Above) Wee dancers. Mild enough for winter gnats to make an appearance and do their swarming/dancing thing at 400m today.  They may have been enjoying the milder interlude but the same can’t be said for the snow which, due to the thaw, is soft and wet at lower altitudes and a little less so up high. Getting about on skis still the method of choice for venturing away from the main path in Coire Ardair.
(Above) Coire Ardair and the crags of the Post Face just visible. Visibility as shown here was as good as it got today. 750m cloudbase all day. The good snow cover + mist meant ‘white room’ conditions when wandering around up on the Carn Liath plateau. The thaw has removed a reasonable amount of superficial snow at low altitudes though there are still old deeper drifts in places.
(Above) The main Coire Ardair path at 400m. Someone in the last day or so has ‘accidentally’ misplaced some peel from several satusumas/mandarin oranges/clementines.
(Above) The main Coire Ardair path 1km further along from the last photo.
(Above) Over that single kilometre of path I picked up this lot. It was pretty evenly distributed almost as if someone was leaving a trail for a treasure hunt or something.  I reckon there’s peel from at least 3 pieces of fruit so it must have been ‘mislaid’ by a very hungry person. Or maybe it was a team effort? Being ‘Air-Sea Rescue’ orange, the peel was pretty difficult to miss against the white snowy background so it was an easy find.
(Above)  I put the peel in my empty piece tin and carried it off the hill. If you’re reading this and it was you who ‘lost’ the peel, have no fear. I always like to reunite lost stuff I’ve found with their owners so if you contact me via the ‘Comments’ I’ll arrange a rendezvous but it’ll have to be at night after work in the’Meggie car park. You’ll recognise me instantly as I’ll be the person wearing a black balaclava carrying a baseball bat.

Comments on this post

  • Geoff Ashton
    15th February 2021 7:31 pm

    Well said, I think this is a crime that will destroy our wonderful mountains! Well done for removing the offending items.

    • meagaidhadmin
      15th February 2021 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Geoff.

      I just can’t fathom the mentality of people who litter our (diminishing) wild and beautiful places. As Grant suggests in the comment below it was presumably left by someone quite local to Creag Meagaidh given that were are in lockdown and should not be exercising outside our local authority area.

  • Grant Duff
    15th February 2021 7:56 pm

    If you left this as you should only be a local shame on you dirty uneducated fanny!

    As I despair perhaps your not local please understand for so many reasons an amoeba has more to give to humanity than you!

    Thank you SAIS for your love for Scottish mountains and unfortunately what comes with that love…… cleaning up after others.

  • Hansel
    15th February 2021 10:10 pm

    Well thank you very much. That’s my last chance of finding my way back totally buggered. Do you have any idea how hard it was to peel those damned tangerines while being dragged up that path by my woodcutter father? No, of course you don’t. You are only interested in making an example of me and worrying about snow. I tell you, if I ever find my way off this bloody hill (no thanks to you) I’ll be writing to ms MSP about this.

    • meagaidhadmin
      15th February 2021 10:20 pm

      Impersonation! Pinochio, surely? I can tell by that steadily growing nose. Whoever, thank you for your heartrending response.

      (Utterly brilliant creative comment. Induced a genuine proper chuckle!)

      Many thanks.

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