/ ski touring conditions over the cairngorms
looking at doing a ski tour with my lad over may BH weekend hopefully heading over cairngorm to the fords of Dee refuge
couple of nights there and probably up onto Bynack moore the next day
anyone know what the snow cover is like ? would there be much carrying?
alternatively we might head to the Hutchinson hut via Ben Macdui
many thanks for any info
I put a few pictures up on winterhighland last nigt showing souther cairngorms cover.
Hope it helps.
There's some photos here if you're interested:
Cairngorm summit to Loch Avon down the side of Stac an Fharaidh was good on Sunday although the snow was heavy at the bottom. Bynack More didnt seem that well covered from what i could see.
Saturday, Ben Macdui, Cairn Toul and Braeriach all good cover with ice at the tops through to heavy snow low down with everything in between ( what do you expect its the end of April). Couple of avalanches went off in the afternoon on Saturday.
hope that helps
p.s I would be back up there if i didnt have commitments
A few photo from today and from Saturday looking across to Bynack Mor from the back of Cairngorm and also down to Loch Avon.
Pics here http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=218762 http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=218764
I meandered to Macdui and back yesterday. As others have said, Bynack Mor doesn't look promising and most of the plateau is icy in the morning. But I found lovely packed powder in Garbh Uisge Mor, which suggests the descent off Macdui to Loch Etchachan would also be good. Mind you, that's still only a few hours from the Coire Cas car park so could easily be done in a day trip.
No specifics but its been proper warm for a few days.
Lurchers still looks doable but I've not been up on the plateau.
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