Tuesday, February 25, 2014

West Dromochter Circuit

I manged to take advantage of a break in the weather to get round the Drumochter Munros west of the A9. Despite the relatively mild temps there's still loads of snow above 500M; just a 20 minute walk from Balsporran Cattages to reach skin-able snow. Touring conditions above 700M were really good with a light covering of fresh snow on a firm base. Unfortunately the clag stayed down all day which meant that navigation on the narrow summit plateaus of A'Mharcnaich and Sgairneach Mhor was tricky and time consuming. There was continuous snow cover for the long run off Sgairneach Mhor to the bridge in Coire Dhomhain.

I tried unsuccessfully, to hitch back up the A9; the walk wasn't too bad in TLT 6's. A bike would have been useful. The whole trip took about 6hrs including the walk back up the A9.

Looking towards the A9 from Sgairneach Mhor

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