Date: Wednesday 13th March 2013
A bit of a weather swirl with snow showers packing in from the north but the chance of sun to the south. An improving day so had a leisurely breakfast.
Decided to go for a wander and see what it looked like. Parked up at a little quarry area NN 536 935. A gate 50m west allows access to a track which runs uphill from here. The track (of sorts) actually continues all the way to the summit ridge.
Views quickly build out over the Spey Dam.
As for the whole day periods of sunshine were interspersed with pulses of snow showers.
Stopped at the Carn Dubh trig point and added some layers for the easy-angled walking ahead. Once up the initial hill the remainder of the walk is pretty much hands in pockets stuff.
150m further climb to ascend Stob a Coire Dubh.
Spotted a solitary Golden Eagle circling above the Coire a Bhein cliffs before it turned and headed west with a series of stoops and climbs.
Once up to the 900m mark the views west have the potential to open out although we were still looking at cloud further out. The northern arm of Meall a Chaorrain Mor was lit up by some sunshine.
From here we followed the fenceline to the first of the south facing coires – Coire Dubh.
Coire Dubh was well worth a careful edge round the cornice. Spent a wee while wandering here and enjoying the various sights.
Wandered off further west. From Coire Dubh it’s a 2.5km stroll to the munro via the 2nd Coire – Coire nan Gall.
The wind was weaker than earlier in the week – but with an air temp of -4C and a stiff breeze it still felt Baltic. Lovely sunshine it may have been but it lacked warmth.
Coire nan Gall is even more impressive than Coire Dubh.
From here a stroll along the fence line on A’Bhuidheanach on patches of hard-pack snow was punctuated by another brisk snow flurry.
Reached the munro summit as the sun was re-emerging. Sat and had some lunch out of the wind and enjoyed the view. Creag Meagaidh eventually showed itself.
Started back for the car – just a straight reverse route. There were better views west for the first 30 minutes or so. The air clarity meant some old friends to the west were on show.
We’d seen 2 ravens on the way out – they were still around on the return. At this point they were both walking (and digging) the snow on the cornice of Coire nan Gall. No idea why – perhaps they were trying to tempt us out onto the edge!
The biggest snow shower of the day came packing in at this point and swallowed us up for 30 minutes.
Although it feels as though that’s it for the day sure enough patches of blue show through before the flurry roars on to the south.
It was a quick descent back down to the car.
An enjoyable route – little used I suspect, but with great views. Makes for an easy winter bimble.