Sunday, 29 April 2018


Carolyn enjoying Point Five
A deserted Coire an t-Sneachda
Sunshine at Fingers
The place to ourselves
Point Five Gully & Goat Track area
Fabulous morning snow
Summer in Glenmore
Time for some summer scrambling
Cairn Gorm with fresh rime ice
Sneachda and plateau
Carolyn is out with me for two days of winter fun. This is her second course with me. Last yer we covered some basic skills and had a good day on the Fiacaill Ridge but this was mostly bare rock. Today we had a brilliant time on Point Five Gully in Coire an t-Seachda. It's a fab wee gully just to the right f the Goat Track area and the snow here last well into June in mos seasons. The coire was deserted this morning. No footprints in the gully, sun shining, no breeze and blue skies. he snow was firm but softening up later on. We headed up to Cairn Gorm after lunch. Still large areas of the plateau have snow, especially out toward Ben Macdui.
This is my final 'official' winter course his season. It's been a terrific winter and plenty of superb days out with lots of fun folk.
Navigation day tomorrow. Looks like it will be sunscreen and shads again in the Alpine conditions.
Winter is still very much in control above 800m on many Highland peaks. Ice axe and crampons definitely need taking out.
My personal record for running a winter course was on 15th May in 2013. Will 2018 bring any more takers? Winter if you want it!

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