Date: Saturday – 21st April 2018
Quite a decent looking forecast for Saturday – light winds and some sunshine.
Decided to revisit the Creag Meagaidh group. We walked an approach up Sron a Ghoire and the southern arm of Coire Ardair last year on a claggy day. We’d fancied a full high level circuit of Coire Ardair for a while, so off we set.
Parked up at Aberarder at a leisurely 0800. Already a few cars around and the bird song was lovely.
The hills were clear and we had a look at the snow on the descent route down Sron a Ghoire.
Above the far we could hear and see a few Black Grouse males. The lekking noise is pretty distinctive although the burbling took a while to register.
Broke off the Coire Ardair path up the eroded munro route on Carn Liath. Views opened up to the SW through to Beinn na Lap.
One Golden eagle flew over then a few ravens were sailing around keeping an eye on us. As we got higher on the shoulder of Carn Liath the view up Coire Ardair improved.
Pretty decent morning.
The headwall of Coire Ardair looms rather above Lochan a Choire.
Up onto Carn Liath and the wind was rather brisk and cold. Layered up and were a little disappointed as clouds rolled over us leaving a grey picture with the clouds brushing the tops.
Carried on along the northern arm of Coire Ardrair towards Stob Poite Coire Ardair. The odd snow patch was in the way but the snow was too soft to need any equipment.
As we got towards Stob Poite Coire Ardair the cloud began to rise and intermittently the sun got through gaps. Kept to the cliff line to enjoy the views.
The windspeed, which had been forecast as fairly negligible, was pretty brisk. Snowmelt was being blown back up and over the cliffs here and there. A little distracting.
Carried on over Stob Poite Coire Ardair to the top of the Window.
We decided not to visit the summit of Creag Meagaidh this time, but rather to hug the clifflines round the headwall of Coire Ardair (although the dogleg to the summit is not major).
There was a fairly decent soft snow field on the way to Puist Coire Ardrair.
Nipped out to the wee prominence just N of Puist Coire Ardair – it has great views.
Had our lunch at the prominence, hunkered down behind a rock. Certainly not a 10-15mph wind!
The sun was coming and going but over all the clouds were thinning a bit.
Finished lunch and carried on over Puist Coire Ardair.
The calls of a raven alerted us to an eagle flying over. The raven was madly flapping to gain height to harass the raptor. It shifted its course and sailed away west.
The southern arm is an easy walk, preferable to a return through the Coire for me, always prefer higher routes if possible.
We continued to the end of the ridge, turning SSE at NN 455 880, then WNW on easy ground to eventually pick up an ATV track down to the bridge at NN 475 874.
A nice route, not too strenuous but certainly rewarding in terms of views. Should revisit this one, might even spend a weekend with the tent up there.