Based in Aviemore, The Cairngorms, Highlands of Scotland.
Gary Hodgson runs Tarmachan Mountaineering, providing instruction and guided walking all year round. This is my regularly updated blog including the latest snow conditions in winter.
Tuesday, 23 December 2014
BEST SNOW & ICE OF THE SEASON SO FAR IN COIRE AN LOCHAIN
Ian and I had a great day out in Coire an Lochain today. Despite the recent heavy rain and mild temperature last Sunday the snowpack is intact in all the major Cairngorm Corries. We found excellent hard snow, ice and frozen turf. There was some unconsolidated areas but these were easily avoided and the snow is well bonded overall. It was good to feel the calf muscles on the steeper frozen terrain, wonderful cramponing snow. The sun shone in the morning with some cloud later in the afternoon. Temperatures on the plateau were around minus 4 degrees. We saw more ptarmigan than people today, a couple of folk climbing near The Vent. A grand day out!