Thursday, 3 May 2012


The fun begins!
Alpine like ridges
This bits solid! Fine views out to the Great Glen
Wonderful scrambling with fine views back to the west face of Aonach Mor
The first 'fin' and more to come
Looking back to Aonach Mor & Beag
Final section and Ben Nevis looming ahead
First Purple Saxifrage seen this season
Looking back before the top
Shame about the view at the end! Much snow has gone since a few days ago
Yet another beautiful clear skies day, warm sunshine and very little breeze. If anyone has been up on holiday this last week they will have been amazed at their luck! from last Friday it has been virtualy blue skies every day. Today I traversed over from The Allt a Mhuillin path and into the lovely Allt Daim Glen  and had  a fab scramble up the East ridge of Carn Dearg Meadhonach. This great wee easy scramble high up on the hill is a favourite of mine, really quiet and fantastic views. The rock is a wee bit loose so calls for some 'delicate' footwork and no big pulls! The rock was warm and the whole arete is clear of snow with the very warm temperatures we've been enjoying. If you we're on this a few days ago it would have been an axe and crampons job. Today I just had my hill running shoes on which give excellent friction on rock. There is a vast      reduction in snow cover on CMD now and across to Ben Nevis the big ridges have also lost most of the snow cover. First Purple Saxifrage seen today, right on the ridge line. Well it could all change again from tomorrow-snow showers and much cooler temperatures forecast but it looks like the snow showers may be short lived over here in the west. I could get used to this weather we've had!

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