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.
Thursday, 23 June 2016
GRAND COL FERRET
Another scorching day on the TMB. The Grand Col Ferret is the highest of the cols on this popular trek around the highest summit in Western Europe. Just over a week ago the route was 'closed' because of the amount of snow and bad weather. It's something that is unheard of in the UK mountains. Reality is anyone can attempt to get over it as there is no physical barrier up stating 'mountain closed'. Guiding it professionaly is another matter. Today everything was fine for us. Soft snow, well trodden and glorious clear skies. Of course if it went cold and cloudy then your skill set would need to go up a notch. The Swiss (NE side) of the col as huge anounts of snow and some impressive cornices hanging over the ridge line.