/ Conditions in Ben Alder Forest today

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Tim Chappell - on 24 Nov 2012
Not much cop, to be honest. I don't think it was freezing, all the way up the obscure lump I climbed because it happens to be a Munro top that I haven't done yet (Diollaid a'Chairn). The snow was lumpy unconsolidated crud, a nuisance to walk through, no good to bumslide on either. It didn't start till 650m and although it drifted up a bit, it was basically like looking for neve in Canada in October.

You could do early-season mixed antics, no doubt. But not much else. And nothing that needs ice.

I hate to give potential routes away, but there's a pair of amazing waterfall gullies on the face of Aonach Beag above Loch an Sgoir. When they come in, they'll be magic, but today they were water nearly all the way up.

Nice day all the same, in a November mountain-biking sort of way. Got a bit of sunshine, and very much enjoyed the speed kick on the way back down to Dalwhinnie on the mountain bike :-)

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