Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Spring snow and sun on Ben Cruachan, March 17th

Andy in the Cruachan gorge, on the first descent, it's a cracker of a canyon, loads of abseils and interesting down climbing!
Ben Cruachan from my bed room window this morning, time to go and do it!

Nick heading up from the Loch side.

Nick on the summit of Cruachan, Corrie Chat behind.

After arriving back into Scotland from Geneva [ more of this soon] my heart sank, as heavy rain and warm air flow and low cloud dominated Oban. But luckily only on Monday and as normal it only lasts a day or so!

Tuesday saw fabulous conditions on the hills and Andy and Nick ascended Ben Cruachan 1126m in near perfect spring conditions. The snow under foot was firm in the gullies and after a nights frost it was perfect for step cutting, whats more the sun shone all day! the views to Rum and Mull were just amazing. The North face still holds vast quantities of snow in Corrie Chat and the rock was bone dry!

Loch Awe and the southern highlands stretched out beyond the horizon, the deer were high up on the west flanks and we sunbathed next to the excellent Cruachan gorge before heading down.
Another classic Scottish day! The alps are beautiful but its hard to beat a day like today!

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