Beautiful spring day. Drumochter.

29th March 2024

(Above) The day augurs well when you can not only see the hills you going to be working in/near but also view them illuminated by sunlight. Ben Alder, as viewed from the (busy) A9 this morning.


(Above) The hills on the eastern side of the A9 viewed from the top of Coire Fahr. Quite a varied picture of snow cover Drumochter way: little or nothing below 750m but with sufficient cover up high for some limited winter sport.


(Above) A’Mharconaich viewed when in descent from Geal Charn 917m. The snowy E-facing snowy curve of this mountain is instantly recognisable from the A9.


(Above) A’ Mharconaich viewed from the summit of Geal Charn 917m. Maybe enough snow for a fast & easy ski-tour, or some laps up/down those burn lines? A bike ride with your skis up Coire Fahr (35 minutes from the car park on the A9?) and a little boot-packing might yield some convenient sport.


(Above) Just one of those easy-angled burn lines. Human for scale.


(Above) Fraoch Choire. The bulge of sunlit old snow produced a few minor wet sluffs some time in the past 24hrs, other than that good stability everywhere today.


(Above) More comprehensive shot of Ben Alder, from Geal Charn 917m.


(Above) Close to Ben Alder is Lancet Edge left and the snowy mass of multiple summited Geal-Charn 1107m, 1114m & 1132m. Good snow cover but remote when it comes to access.


(Above) Creag Meagaidh, as viewed from the SE. On the highest point of the far skyline is the snowy summit cairn just lit by the sun. The obvious glacial basin left of centre is where the lochan of Coire Choile-Rais can be found. Over on the right, in shade, is Puist Coire Ardair together with the sunlit crags that overlook the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair and The Window. Good looking snow cover on the main plateau but again, remote and a long carry if you’re thinking of a ski-tour.



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  • George
    2nd April 2024 9:52 pm

    Love it

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