High Plains Drifter
19th March 2023
Went for a daunder up onto Creag Meagaidh summit plateau to check out the remaining snow cover. North through East to South-East aspects hold what old snow patches remain. As you can see, coire rims and gullies are the favoured snow-holding locations at the moment. West-facing aspects are distinctly bare.
(Above) Creag Meagaidh summit area. The actual summit cairn is left of centre of the photo surrounded by a gaggle of summiteers. Don’t be deceived by the foreground, it’s a lip of snow close to the edge of the Moy Coire. Summit cover is much better here than at lower altitudes where there’s little or no snow below circa 850m.
(Above) Moy Coire descends steeply a few metres left of the line of the old fence posts. Took this photo from the same location as the one before but turned the camera through 90 degrees. A somewhat more accurate depiction of the general snow cover on the Creag Meagaidh ‘highveld’. Centre of the photo in the far distance is Loch Treig; Beinn a Chaorainn right of centre.
(Above) Profile shot of the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn nearest and the remaining old cornices that hang over this mountain’s east-facing coires. More or less in the centre of the shot are 3 German ridge ascensionists atop a rocky boss.
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