24th January 2020
I decided to do a quick ‘border raid’ today and put a toe over into the ‘dark side’ – sorry the Northern Cairngorms forecasting area – Technically not on my patch but my navigation has always been a bit ‘vague’…. the cloud base was around about 1100 metres so I was never going to get a view but sometimes it is more about the journey than the destination… and with the wind speeds increasing tomorrow, I decide that today was the day to go high and I put together a satisfying circular route via Glen Derry, The Hutchison Memorial Hut, Loch Etchachan, Ben Macdui and descent via Sron Riach and Glen Luibeg.
Temperatures were lower – Minus 2.1 degrees centigrade on Ben Macdui (1309m) so the snow on the highest summits is refrozen and icy. Even the rocks had a thin icy glaze and were very slippy. No new precipitation forecast for us tomorrow and the winds are going to increase. Looking forward, the freezing level is due to lower to around 500 metres on Sunday and then 400 metres on Monday so keeping fingers crossed for precipitation in the weather forecast.
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