Based in Aviemore, The Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland.
Gary Hodgson runs Tarmachan Mountaineering, providing instruction and guided walking all year round. This is my regularly updated blog including the latest snow conditions in winter.
Sunday, 6 May 2012
It as been another fine sunny day in Lochaber, what a lovely spell of weather we've had, similar to almost 12 months ago when we had a 3 week heatwave. The last couple of days it has been much colder with an northerly airflow, bringing just the odd snow flurry today. In the sun it was quite pleasant but cool when the cloud came over. I had a group of six out with me today with the intention of getting onto Ben Nevis. Shortly after we started up the Pony track fom Achintee it was clear that we we're certainly not going to be alone. There were hundreds of folk out today (no exaggeration!) all setting off at the usual 9am start. The lads made the decision to 'escape' the mayhem and we changed our route for Carn Mor Dearg instead. The guys were soon relieved and happy to enter the 'wilderness' of the Allt a' Mhuillin and heading up to enjoy the impressive views of the north face of The Ben instead. We saw only a few folk on CMD. Well done to all the guys, they may be back for some winter fun next year!