Dog Day Afternoon.

1st April 2023


‘Dog days’ – a period of inactivity or decline.


We certainly seem to have entered the ‘dog days’ of the winter season. Looks like continuing, too, what with the weather outlook right through Easter offering little hope of a return of the white stuff.

Today’s mission: a jaunt up onto the eastern end of the Carn Liath plateau to scope out the remaining plateau snow patches and cast an eye over the Creag Meagaidh weather station. Its location arrowed below.


(Above) L to R on the skyline: Carn Liath summit, Coire nan Gall, Coire Dubh and Coire a Bheinn. Arrow denotes the location of the Creag Meagaidh weather station. In the foreground, Cluny Farm.


(Above) Coire Dubh. The remaining snow patches that cling to the edge and backwall of this E to SE facing coire. All quite coarse-grained now and well bonded.


(Above) Looking west across the Carn Liath plateau and the Creag Meagaidh weather station atop Stob Coire Dubh. Puist Coire Ardair summit, and the snowy top of Bellevue Buttress in Coire Ardair just visible.


(Above) The Creag Mhor ridge, Puist Coire Ardair and Sron a Ghoire from the roadside this afternoon. I shouted across to the fisherman to ask if he’d had any luck but his reply got drowned out by the roar of the holiday traffic on the A86. The Easter holidays have defiantly arrived in the Highlands!

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