Sunday, 22 November 2015

HELLO WINTER, NORTHERN CORRIES

Summit of Cairn Lochan
Cairn Lochan looking west
Cairn Gorm and Coire an t-sneachda
Great light, snow and company
Crags well rimed
Fiacaill Ridge
Complete snow cover on the plateaux
Braeriach coming out of the cloud
Coire an t-sneachda
Coire an Lochain
Fingers ridge
The much heralded and anticipated dump of snow and colder winds well and truly arrived over the weekend. With snow falling to glen levels through much of the Highlands over Friday & Saturday. We had a great day out on the Northern Corries today. A lot of low level cloud this morning, so we set off late morning and the forecast was spot on, cloud lifting and breaking. We timed it perfectly, just arriving on the top of Cairn Lochan as the tops became cloud free. Despite the strong winds, I was surprised at the full snow cover all across the plateau. A great mixture of deep powder and rime ice on the rocks. The corries looking superb with their rime encrusted snow. There was only a very light breeze today, even so it was a very cold one. Full winter gear a must. Going a bit milder tomorrow but cold again over Tuesday & Wednesday, all good news to get some fantastic snow conditions. Winter has definitely arrived in the Cairngorms, indeed across many mountain areas.

3 comments:

Nunen MacAlpine said...

Those are fantastic pictures of the Cairngorms. It's great to see new snow on the hills. Though I live in the Alps not far from Chamonix and Mont Blanc, I love the Cairngorms and I travel to Scotland every year for a hillwalking trip.

Gary said...

Thanks. Nunen!

Gary said...

Thanks. Nunen!