Sunday, 2 October 2011


I was out today with snow patch experts Iain & Mark who have many years of studying  snow patches that remain through out the year on the Scottish  mountains. So today we headed over to the Cairngorms in search of the remaining patch in Garbh Corrie Mor on Breariach. I've been up Braeriach many times but the route today via Glen Einich and then up the long featureless ground to East of Loch Loch Einich was a first for me. We cycled up the glen to make it more fun and faster. Unfortunately the forecast of a mostly dry day didn't happen, we had light rain for much of the time, coupled with very low cloud in the morning. To get to the snow patch requires a steep descent into the corrie from the plateau. The remaining snow patch this year is down to around 5m x 6m square. It's survival this year is all weather dependant and so with the cold spell forecast at the end of the week then it still as a chance! We descended the plateau and back to the bikes just as the rain stopped and then we had the return bike ride down in lovely sunny weather and DRY! well apart from the fun river crossings across the track. Fun and interesting day out.

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