Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Sunshine and Sastrugi

Out on the east side of Drumochter today with Anna, Jess and Luke. Again today, the wind was a big factor averaging around 35mph just to make it interesting, giving every one a warm glow at the end of the day.

The snow pack was well bonded, but with sections of wind slab. With a bit more snow lower down it would have made for great ski touring up on the plateau. We started in the lay-by just below Drumochter lodge, on the south side carriageway, and then made our way up to Doire Dhonaich. Next on to Meall a Chaorainn via some small features and then through some amazing sastrugi (sharp groves formed by wind erosion) on the way to A'Bhuidheanach Bheag. A few more bearings and a lot of pacing and we found ourselves heading back down a ridge to the Beauly-Denny powerline construction road.

Here you will find reports of what we have been up to and the current
weather conditions from where we have been.