Sunday, 31 May 2015

Craig Meagaidh, Stob Poite Coire Ardair & Carn Liath - 26th May

Reversing the 'normal' descent route (which takes a bit of finding) enabled us to avoid snow-packed climb through The Window to Creag Meagaidh. A clockwise circuit also put the wind behind us all along the ridge. This may miss the views of the impressive cliffs at the head of Coire Ardair but walking into a 35mph wind driving rain/sleet/snow into your face is a taste I have yet to acquire.

We reached the approach to the summit at the same time as the clouds dropped and snow blew in. Visibility was so poor we were unable to find Paddy's Cairn despite passing within a few yards of it as we headed towards the summit of Creag Meagaidh. Once there the clouds thinned enough for Paddy's Cairn to appear out of the gloom and we escaped to the top of The Window. 

The long grassy descent from Stob Poite Coire Ardair to Carn Liath was a pleasure with the wind blowing us along. The clouds stayed low on Creag Meagaidh concealing much of the grandeur of the location - perhaps this is one to come back to?

Pauline on the lower slopes of Creag Meagiadh

Loch Laggan

Getting ready for the final pull to the summit

Puist Coire Ardair

Keith & Pauline climbing Puist Coire Ardair

Looking back across Loch Laggan

Towards Creag Meagaidh summit
Lochan a Choire

Cornices beyond Puist Coire Ardair

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