Yesterday I managed a short wander into the Corrie of the snows in the Cairngorms. Sorry but I needed a day on my own after losing my pal Ian from Crainlarich. Normally at this time of year the ski resort is busy especially on a beautiful day like yesterday. Sadly this year there is a lack of snow and the car park was empty. Most will know of the problems with the train on the mountain it is still out of service and is a great loss in the area to visitors.
There were mainly Mountaineering folk about plenty of Glenmore Lodge transport and a beautiful day blue skies and no wind. I had to get things done and just arrived at midday. The path into the Corrie was icy in places and I met a few visitors slipping about on the path. It was a slow wander in meeting a few folk and the Corrie was very bare but beautiful.
There is something about this place that I know so well yet it never ceases to amaze me. The wildness just 30 minutes from the car park takes you into another world.
Sadly I still have an awful cough and chest but I just have to take it easy and its great to stop and take it all in. The no wind makes things wonderful and I passed a group getting lots of information in the area what a day to be out. I enjoy not to be rushing these days are gone and I met Garry Smith who has written a wonderful book Scotland’s Mountains with one Axe. I loved it and wrote to him in the past saying how much I loved this book. We had many years ago a list of easy gullies and climbs that you could do in the team. It was a great and took you to so many wonderful places.
Gary’s Book does this and gives you some great ideas. He wandered in with me to the lochans and we had a great chat. He is up Guiding and having a look of what available in the Corries.
In the Coire we could see folk in a few of the gullies the snow was sparse and most of the buttress’s black yet there was ice forming and its was good to see folk out. The Runnel, Central Gully, Alladins and a few others had teams in them. Its worth being aware of loose rock when conditions are so thin. I had a break at the Stretcher box and heard the ice starting to form on the lochans and the groaning of the ice as it moves about. Its still a great place to be and what snow was about was rock hard and the groups were doing what they could. There was lots of ice in the flat ice area which is a safe place to use crampons and gain the basic skills. I left the groups on the snow and walked round the lochan marvelling at the ice in the loch and the shopes.
I headed back the sun was setting and it was a stunning walk out taking care on the path and the ice. I was soon down and stopped at Loch Morlich to a bonnie view then a pop into Aviemore to see my pal Ray Sunshine Sefton and Mytrle for a catch up. It was then home in the dark with the temperature dropping rapidly.