touring & backcountry
Glencoe // Saturday 6th April 2013
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The games up - snow runs out down the Allt Creagan nam Meann c 100m above West Highland Way

Stob Ghabar

Gully on the left was the route down Sron nam Forsair giving c350m of vertical. There are other possibilities!

Allt Coire an Easain with route taken being the skline basically

Bottom of the plateau with a lift ticket : )

Great views to Mull and Loch Linnhe from Clach Leathad

Looking back to Clach Leathad and the descent route

On Clach Plateau having ascended the ridge with a pointy Meall a Bhuiridh in teh background

The ridge + iced exit

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Glencoe 'Back Corries' circuit - from Meall a Bhuiridh Summit along the ridge onto Creise, then Clach Leathad then ski down Sron nam Forsair taking a line into Allt Coire an Easain near to the loch of that name. Head over to the col between Meall a Bhuiridh and Creag an Fhirich before putting the skis on again and enjoying a good run down the Allt Creagan Nam returning to the ski centre by the West Highland Way This was a short c4hr trip from the ski centre though without lift ticket a couple more ours would probably have been needed.
:: Weather Conditions
Sunny periods and light winds. Snow soft below c 1,000m with freezing level c800m or thereabouts. Temp 6c in car park at end of day - 6.30pm
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
The ridge to Creise looked interesting and crampons might have been useful but in retrospect added weight and not essential. Snow on Clach Leathad had a spring like feel and definitely so on the descent while final descent down the Allt Creagan Nam was classic Scottish sprind skiing and finding the best line to get as close to the WH Way as possible. In reality c100m of vertical so pretty good.
:: Skiers/Riders
This report was posted by Winterhighland Member at 23.54hrs on Sat 6th Apr 13

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