5th March 2023
SARDA (Scotland), in numbers, were in the car park at Creag Meagaidh today for a training event which was somewhat hampered by early poor visibility. ‘Our people’ at SAIS Southern Cairngorms, that is Sam & Paul, were also part of the training cohort along with their energetic, well-trained dogs. Well met, folks!
(Above) Left to right Sron a Ghoire, the Post Face of Coire Ardair and part of Coire Chriochairein, as viewed from the flank of Carn Liath. As alluded to above, visibility was pretty poor at times today even low down in the glen.
(Above) Looking west along the Carn Liath plateau from its summit. Not much new snow just a smattering above 950m and only a tad of drifting. The old patchy snowpack is…well…patchy and mainly confined to places above 850m but ribbons do extend lower than that in places.
Winter returns on Monday. Quite a lot colder (projected summit temp of -8 degrees C. mid-morning) and we’re getting some snow, too. And here’s the rub. Creag Meagaidh is on the fringe of the ‘yellow weather warning’ map so it’s entirely possible we could get more – or less – snow than forecast. You’ll need to see what it’s like on the day and recalibrate the published avalanche forecast yourself. Also, the Northern Cairngorms are expected to see the bulk of the snowfall, so the eastern end of the SAIS Creag Meagaidh may get a bit of backwash from it – if you get my drift.
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