touring & backcountry
North East Scotland // Monday 19th March 2018
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GPX Route

A Houseofmark.co.uk

B Good weather day in prospect

C Ladder Burn

F Skiing SW from Mount Keen

E Lochnagar Beinn Bhrotain and Carin Toul

D Mount Keen trig point heavily rimed into the wind formed during the Beast from the East Blizzards

H Descent into Glas Coire marked Photo on GPX Route

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Mount Keen from Glen Mark. It seemed reasonable to go looking for the snow from The Beast from the East on the most easterly Munro. There is a superbly positioned and atmospheric guest house at the start of the route see houseofmark.co.uk. Predictably the east facing hill track west of the Ladder Burn was a better ascent than it would have been a descent. By 600m we were on hard neve that is widespread just now. We looked for better snow to ski down on the west side of Mount Keen however it was just the same with a free foot massage. We took an easy line to the south of Braid Cairn across open desolate terrain over the 664m hill and quickly over another kilometre still on neve before coming down the snow laden west facing slope into Glas Coire with good skiing to the track near House of Mark. 6 hours 17Km 700m
:: Weather Conditions
Minus 7 overnight, 25mph wind and bright sunshine
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
The road is completely clear. Best skiing to be had below 600m.
:: Skiers/Riders
Eagle Ski Club Party
This report was posted by Apex177 at 21.31hrs on Mon 19th Mar 18

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