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, 11 November 2016
The temperatures had gone up a notch today. Over in the west there was a dump of snow on Wednesday. We headed over to Kintail and the Glen Shiel area. This is a fantastic spot if you love Munros, narrow ridges and wonderful views. With 21 Munros to chosen from accessed from Glen Shiel you're spoilt for choice. The forecast for today was increasing wind speedy as the day progressed. So we settled for a short outings up to the Munro summit of Druim Shionnach which lies on the South Cluanie Ridge. I guess this very long ridge line is fanous as you can 'bag' 7 Munros in one day if so included. Maybe on a nice summers day but in November and 50mph winds with a heavy, wet snowpack then maybe just one or two tops is enough. We had good views most of the day, the cloudbase above most summits. At the top we contemplated another Munro but decided a struggle in the winds and with only 3 hours of daylight left then it was time to turned tail. A wise choice as on the way down the gusts got more several and had us stumbling about in the slippy, we snow. A good freeze would be marvelous to form up the snowpack but the freezing levels will be above the tops again tomorrow. A good day out on the hill and a bar at the Cluanie Inn, what's not to like?