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.
Friday, 26 April 2013
BEN MACDUI, FULL WINTER CONDITIONS!
Patrick and friends booked last minute for two days of Munro bagging in The Cairngorms. They were expecting Spring like weather and conditions but they had the sense to keep checking weather and snow conditions beforehand and of course it is still winter on the hills. Today we headed up to Ben Macdui and right from the word go had a full on winter adventure. There was constant snow showers and a brisk northerly wind. Poor visibility and the plateau as more neve and ice than I've seen all winter! It was map and compass work for much of the day, we saw not a soul and just the odd ptarmigan for company. We return via the northern corries and down to a deserted Coire Cas ski area. A great day out and it felt more like a January day in the hills!