STUNNING BLUE SKIES DAY
COLD & WINDY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
PROPER WINTER FINALLY ARRIVES
STUNNING BLUE SKIES DAY
|Axe & Bucket|
|Fabulous snow and ice|
Second day out with Cameron & Tom. Today we focused on security on steep ground. A day of high winds was forecasted but we found excellent shelter as well as brilliant snow and ice on the East side of the Cas ridge. It was only around 30mph here so very comfortable. No one seen all day. The temperatures were lower and it felt like proper winter. Later in the afternoon it started snowing above 750m.
A great couple of days with these guys.
Looking like full winter conditions most days next week. Welcome back winter.
STEEP GROUND & SNOW BELAYS
THE GREAT SLAB, COIRE AN LOCHAIN
STEEP GROUND, SNOW SHELTERS & SOLITUDE
|The Couloir busy today|
|Great day for the ptarmigan|
|Fiacaill Coire Sneachda busy|
|Plenty of croaking from the ptarmigan|
|Snow cover improving by the day|
|More like it|
|Folk above The Vent|
|The final croak|
There was some overnight snow fall to a lower level last night in The Cairngorms. Probably the best place to be if you want snow and cold temperatures just now. It was a glorious morning and early afternoon today. No wind, cold and bright skies. Lots of folk out climbing on the cliffs of Coire an Lochain. The Couloir in Coire an Lochain looked like a popular choice too.
I lost count of the hordes of folk on the Fiacaill Coire Sneachda. I was up there yesterday and not a soul seen. Fair weather mountaineers eh? :)
Great day for wildlife photography in the corries this morning. Not a sound from the wind and the ptarmigan were in good croaking mode. I spent a good hour with these guys. Brilliant.
Some light snowfall over the next few days to top up the snow levels and volume. I was actually up to my ankles in fresh snow in some areas today. Can't remember the last time that happened!
LOOKING A LOT MORE LIKE JANUARY
A BIT MORE WINTER LIKE
|Douglas enjoying the fabulous conditions |
|Steep & icy|
|Another glorious cloudscapes day |
|Brilliant snow conditions again|
|Breaking out into clear skies (again)|
|The Great Slab|
|Loving the Inversions|
Benign conditions continued today in The Cairngorms. Another day of light winds, hard neve and a temperature inversion.
Douglas out on a 1 day Intro to winter hillwalking. We went to Coire an Lochain again as this is probably the best area for snow at the moment. Plenty of scope for differing terrain and steepness in impressive surroundings. It's also quieter than it's neighbouring coire
Just like yesterday, we enjoyed fabulous neve, excellent for gaining good crampon technique. No room for sloppy footwork just now, some serious run outs below the snow.
Apparently we may get some fresh snowfall next week, how welcome will that be?
BENIGN CONDITIONS AGAIN
TEMPERATURE INVERSION AGAIN
CAIRN GORM TEMPERATURE INVERSION
SUB ZERO AND BLUE SKIES DAY
NEW YEAR, COLD TEMPERATURES
2018 draws to an end. Another brilliant year in the mountains. I've put together a wee video of some of the 200+ mountain days I've enjoyed this year. Thanks to all and clients and friends who joined me on the hills but most of all to my amazing wife, Karen.
Looking forward to seeing folk out with me in 2019. Without you guys Tarmachan Mountaineering would not exist.
Best wishes, have a safe and happy New Year in the mountains.
OVER 200 MOUNTAIN DAYS IN 2018, HAPPY NEW YEAR