Punxsutawney: It Begins.
26th February 2023
(Above) The Post Face of Coire Ardair and the Inner Coire. Cold in the shade, milder in the sunshine. Good snow-ice where persistently shaded (-8.6 degrees C. snow surface temperature at 1300hrs). Long, icy runouts in some places – like the approach to The Window in the photo – await the unwary or ill-equipped.
(Above) The top end of Raeburn’s Gully, Coire Ardair. Quite a busy gully today: counted 8 ascensionists whilst I was in the bottom of the coire. To the two guys we met on the path. I think that’s you pitching it in the photo(?)
May be in for the best part of a week of dry, settled conditions so I fear the snow & avalanche reports may develop a bit of a Groundhog Day vibe!
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1st March 2023 11:32 pm
Thanks for the hard work, we talked to you on the walk in on Sunday when you passed us on your bike just after a couple with big blue rucksacks and said to keep an eye out on the blog for photos. If we are the people you referred to, it’s not us in the photos, we climbed the gully solo just after a party of 5 or so had topped out or were very high and then had a quick decent via The Window as we had to get back south. Was about a 5 hour trip car to car. Such a great day and good to see the photos even if it isn’t us.
2nd March 2023 12:08 am
Glad to hear you had a great day!