Friday, 9 January 2009

EAST CORRIE,TARMACHAN




























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Another excellent day in the gullies. I was in the eastern corrie of Tarmachan, one of my favourite local winter areas and very accessible. Only half an hour walk up from the Lochan nan Lairig dam, or cycle up to the dam if you feel a purist. The corrie has several easy grade 1 gullies, today I had a liesurley 11am start and went for the most northerly one which leads onto the NE ridge, a great way to the summit of Tarmachan. Wonderful conditions once more at 800m with frozen turf,water ice and neve. There was a lot of snow getting blown around on the tops and down the gullies but I was sheltered from the 40mph Westerlies until gaining the ridge. There is windslab forming on East to North aspects but a big change in the weather from tomorrow with milder and very wet and gales, but cold enough for snow on higher ground.

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