Friday, 27 March 2015


Stephen looking down into a very wintry Coire an Lochain
Coire an lochain
Well rimed up crags
Loch Avon Basin
Coire an Lochain
Top of Cairn Lochan
Looking across to Braeriach
Strath Spey bathed in sun from a well covered Cairngorm plateau
Cairn Gorm looking very wintry and plateau looking good
We were blessed with another fabulous winter day on the mountains. The last couple of days we have had more fresh snowfall down to around 700m and some high winds. Today it was a beautiful sunny spells day and cold temperatures high up with a high windchill but lovely sunshine most of the day. Stephen was rounding off an excellent week in The Highlands with a wander around the Cairngorm plateau with me. We hardly saw anyone all day, just a few ski tourers on the plateau. There was a great mix of fresh powder, wind slab, neve and rime. It could have been any month in winter today. On the way back from the Garbh Uisge area one of my crampons snapped right across the front section! I was relieved I wasn't on any serious ground! Great day out with Stephen who left the Highlands very happy and content on a wonderful week of winter weather. These conditions look like they will be with us right through to Easter and beyond!


Unknown said...

Sounds like a brilliant day Gary. Just out of interest, and as a public information service, any chance of letting us know what type the snapping crampons were?


Gary Hodgson said...

Hi Col. Thanks for the comments. Yes its been a great month for snow conditions & weather here in The Highlands. The crampons were a well known brand and I will be putting a post up shortly after I have bee in contact to see the manufacturers response. Watch this space!