Fourteen attended the March 2014 Day Meet
which was organised by Carrbridge based member David Brown. All
enjoyed a terrific day out.
With Ken Thomson at the wheel of the
minibus we made good time to Coire Cas collecting members
en-route as we went. One member called off early morning and one
guest attended. Also along was one on her first Day Meet.
Coire Cas Car Park
The car park was busy on arrival. A text
from Dave earlier told of winds to 50mph and -4C on Cairngorm.
The funicular railway and top tows were closed due to overnight
snow and severe drifting. It was windy, and cold on the hill
but it was also fantastic. We enjoyed good long sunny spells and
walking higher up was mostly on hard snow and ice. Cairngorm was
Massed humanity (waiting for the highest
Kicking steps on Cairngorm
Heading for Fiacall a Choire Cas
On the Fiacall Ridge
The spindrift was bad at times...
There were 10 in today's President's Party,
two on ski, one went exploring in Glenmore Forest and one
ascended Lurchers Crag. The President's Party intended visiting Ben Macdui but
once on the plateau the strong winds meant a change of plan was
required. We ascended Cairngorm and Cnap Coire na Spreidhe.
Head down and into the wind....
Looking towards Coire an t-Sneachda
Garry on Plateau (Garry managed today with
just snow chains on his boots)
The top weather station was fantastically
The Weather Station
The Instruments Box (bin) had been dug out
and kept clear to do it's thing
Ice Station Cairngorm (Donna and Rachelle
arriving on ski)
Three compass legs got us off the hill via
Cnap Coire na Spreidhe. Cloud cleared and allowed us a keek into
Ciste Mhearaidh where some snowholers were hard at work.
Leaving high ground
More spindrift (a feature of the day)
On the ridge down to Coire na Ciste a hardy
Ptarmagin which was sheltering from the wind and spindrift
allowed us to take his photo. We passed a smashing snowhole camp
on this ridge and watched as some skiers skinned up Coire Laogh
Skiers skinning up Coire Laoigh Mor
President's Party (Coire Laoigh Mor beyond)
The snowless carpark was reached early on
and by 3.30pm Ken had whisked us all away from the Sugerbowl Car
Park to the bright lights of Aviemore where a few drinks (in the Cairngorm Hotel) and a visit to the Chippie completed a rather
excellent, if short, day.
Our thanks go to David Brown for organising
this meet, and leading the President's Party, and Ken Thomson our number one