Sunday, 14 February 2016

Sgorr Dhearg - 10 February

Whatever affliction I had yesterday is gone today and the climb out of Ballachulish is far less of a struggle than yesterday's attempt on Am Bodach. Much of the initial ascent is through the forest which isn't ideal although it does provide some shelter from the weather. As we were about to emerge from the trees the snow started and it didn't stop until we descended to them on our return.

Between the showers and before the wind really got up this was a very pleasant Winter day - cold but not unbearable, windy but not troublesome and with occasional views right down to the loch. Above the col between Sgorr Dhearg and Sgorr Dhonuill the wind was blowing spindrift around as we climbed towards Sgorr Dhearg. The wind gained strength as we gained height but it was gaining quicker! On the way up it was a bit of a nuisance but on the way down it made progress quite difficult. Visibility was poor too until we were almost back at the col. As we dropped below the cloud base the wind eased and we were able to enjoy the views we had hoped for when setting off.

The photos show the "before & after" snow, just above the forest.

Before the day's snow

Looking back down to Loch Level

Down out of the blizzard

Looking West

Looking South West

Looking South West

Sgorr Dhonuill


After the snowfall

After the snowfall

Looking back up to Sgorr Dhonuill

Looking back up to Sgorr Dhonuill

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