Saturday, 12 January 2008

12 Jan West Scotland Sunshine on Sron na Lairig





I was out with Cilla and Andy today - and Will came along to shadow. We went to Sron na Lairig the superb ridge running from The Lairig Eilde up onto the SE ridge of Stob Coire Sgreamhach. And we werent alone! At least 8 people followed us directly up the crest and more than that traversed on at half height from the left (by which stage I was glad to follow their trail up the last sections of the ridge - I'd had plenty of trailbreaking by them!).
A superb sunny start to the day saw us walking in with snow and ice in the glen. The ridge was covered in a foot or two of crusty snow with the occasional blob of ice shwoing through. It was a very sociable day and we summited on SCS to make it the Cilla and Andy's first munro and first day with axe and crampons - a great effort.
I'd never seen that much snow on the ridge and steps which I've done as ice and turf before were completely buried allowing us to take a very direct line right up the crest at about II - toss in superb views N,E and W (S we could see the approaching manky weather we'll get tomorrow) and it really was a top day out. There was still at least one soloist sitting enjoying the last of the sun as we headed back down the Lairig.

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Gerald Davison said...

Gosh Alan, I am absolutely GREEN with envy. What a fabulous looking day - Cilla and Andy must have a had a wonderful time - what a way to do your first Munro!!

Alan H said...

Hi Gerald, it was definitely one to rememberand will keep us going through the odd day with 'less than perfect' weather. All over the highlands people were out on skis, snowshoes and foot enjoying the great weather. Thee were traffic jams in the Glencoe Ski Car Park!!

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