|Sheltered and sunshine|
|Snow shelter for lunch|
|Plenty room for 2|
|Route planning and Navigation in the cafe|
|..... and on the hill|
|Pleasant afternoon on the top|
|Northern Cairngorms from Meall a' Bhuachaille|
|Hungry work this digging|
Second day out with Seb & Thomas on their winter preparation for a Cape Wrath Trail walk starting tomorrow. After yesterday's wonderful respite from high winds we were back to the norm of this season, gales. The snow gates were closed at Glenmore this morning. With wind speeds in excess of 80mph on the big mountains, we opted for a lower level area to work in. That was after obligatory coffee in Glanmore of course. Here we discussed options for the day. We walked up to the NE slopes of Craigowie for some shelter and here there is a good patch of deep snow to play in. We went through Avalanche awareness again and various ways of assessing the snowpack. We extended our snow pit and constructed a snowshelter for lunch. In the afternoon we braved the winds again and walked over the summit of Meall a' Bhuachaille and down to Ryvoan. It was quite bearable windspeeds on the top and very pleasant in some afternoon sun.
Great couple of days with the guys. Good luck on their Cape Wrath adventure. Not many folk do this wonderful long distance trek in winter!