Friday, 10 February 2017

Back North West

Out today in the Fannaich hills of the NW Highlands. A beautiful day of blue skies, sunshine, and light winds. Great views all around......the Fisherfield hills, An Teallach, Torridon, Beinn Dearg and the Atlantic. Fantastic. There is less snow in the NW Highlands compared with further south, but walking conditions were great today. The boggy ground below the snow-line was nicely frozen so no sinking, and the snow shallow enough to allow fast progress.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Recent adventures: Creag Meagaidh & The Cairngorms

Not much time to update the blog recently, so a bit of a catch-up post. A week ago winter returned to us and I was out doing a grand tour of the Creag Meagaidh plateau, visiting some nooks and crannies that I hadn't been to before. That new snow of a week ago was followed by a brief thaw midweek before the last few days, since when heavy snow showers have been falling, helped along by strong winds. This has transformed our hills into something resembling what they should like at this time of year! Keen to play in the snow I was out for three days (with a heavy pack!) into the further reaches of the Cairngorms, and places that are too far away from the road for day-walks, at least in winter. The Cairngorm pictures are taken from the north ridge of Beinn a' Bhuird.
Creag Meagaidh plateau 30/01/17

Beinn a' Chaoriann (Loch Laggan) from South ridge of Creag Meagaidh 30/01/17
Creag Meagaidh 1128m 30/01/17
Looking towards Beinn Mheadhoin, Cairngorms 05/02/17
Looking north from Beinn a' Bhuird to Creag Mhor, Dagrum & Bynack More 05/02/17

Beinn a' Chaorainn (Cairngorms) 05/02/17

Happy to see the snow!