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, 18 April 2014
BRAERIACH TO CAIRN TOUL TRAVERSE IN ALPINE WEATHER
A stunning day in The Highlands and especially in The Cairngorms with wall to wall blue skies and sun from dawn to dusk. It had been below freezing at all levels overnight so any snow was completely frozen this morning. There are still large areas of snow especially on north and east facing slopes and on high plateaux. I have usually traversed the Braeriach to Cairn Toul plateau several times in the winter but this winter's constant gales meant I never had the chance. Today the UK's finest, highest walk was shear delight. Superb visibility in all directions and Ben Nevis very clear and with only a slight breeze I was down to just a base layer most of the day. By mid day all the snow cover was quite soft but a pair of crampons was useful earlier in the day, something to be aware of this time of year. My rucksack is till looking like a winter pack! Looks like the Highlands is going to fair best with fab weather this Easter holiday period.