Sunday, 10 January 2010

Creag Meagaidh Skitour: traverse from Aberarder to Moy

What a tremendous sunny Sunday. We tackled one of Scotland's 4 star classic skitours, the traverse of Creag Meagaigh from Aberarder to Moy, taking in the summits of three Munros. We had the route to ourselves,  fresh tracks all the way. The snow on the descents was some of the best I have experienced in Scotland.

This is as good as it gets, the stuff that dreams are made of. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.




The day in prospect, viewed from the slopes of Carn Liath. The prominent notch in the centre is the Window, the cliffs of the upper coire of Coire Ardair can be seen to the left of the Window; Coire a'Chriochairean is the right; Creag Meagaidh summit plateau to the far left. The regular approach to Coire Ardair goes up the glen, past birch-covered hummocky moraines.


View from Carn Liath summit towards Coire Ardair and Coire a'Chriochairean. A bitterly cold easterly wind swept a carpet of spindrift across the summit.


Waves of euphoria engulfed me as I skinned along the ridge towards Coire a'Chriochairean.


The high plateau of Creag Meagaidh on the right. We deviated slightly from the guidebook route to avoid suspect slopes in the vicinity of the Window.


Excellent snow on the descent from Creag Meagaidh summit towards the Moy Burn.

This tour could well turn out to be the highlight of the winter. It should certainly be enough to put paid to any feelings of angst at not having capitalised fully on this cold spell. Having said that I do quite fancy climbing some ice........

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