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.
Monday, 23 December 2013
ANOTHER CAIRNGORM STORM
Nice and sheltered in the trees
10 minutes later and 70mph winds
Father & son team Terry and Bruce were out with me today for a winter skills course. We set off down a very snowy Glenmore road and the snow gates were closed, not surprising given the higher winds forecast later in the day. So we set off in hope up the road and the Plan 'B' was to head over toward the Chalamain Gap area, being lower down we thought we may be lucky but not at all. We struggled in 70mph winds and very poor visibility at a lowly 500m before we called it a day. The snow from yesterday and overnight had created big drifts in the Allt Mor and the trees were looking very festive like. Terry has had no luck these past few weeks, that's the third time he's had to abandon a day out, for one reason or another. This wild, snowy weather is set to continue until Christmas day before a lull. So the guys will be geared up and chomping at the bit for their re scheduled day of winter skills come Boxing Day. Quite laughable that the national weather folk have been predicting a 'UN white Christmas' for some time I think they needed to get up to The Highlands the last few days!