Sunday, 22 February 2009
A wild Cairngorm Ski Touring day
One has to try and try we did! It would be easy to assume that in the mild weather there is no snow left but in the Cairngorms, however there is tons of the stuff! With Nick and Tony we skinned a track up Lurchers burn ( Allt Creag an Leth choin) and once we reached the crest over looking the Lairig Ghru we continued on reasonable snow to Cairn Lochan 1215 meters and the around the plateau to the Northern corries. We had to carry our skis a bit and don our crampons. Eventually as we tried to ascend to 1176 we simply could no longer move safely against the wind so roped up and were forced to descent the Goat Track into Coire an Sceachda. This of course resulted in a long carry out with the skis, where as we optimistically hoped that we would have been able to skin around the back ( South aspect) and ski down by Marquis Well and "the white lady" to the car park. The wind was ace, wild and free, Nick and Tony enjoyed the adventure!