Cloudy Summits

8th April 2023

Cloud base around 900 to 950 metres today with a fresh, (strong at high summit level) wind. Mainly dry though with just the odd spot of rain when the darkest of clouds pushed through. The area was very busy with lots of walkers out on the tops. A perfect day to pick the road less travelled and use an alternative approach to your chosen summit…. managed to spot two male Black Grouse having a bit of a stand-off, one rather large vole running between holes, a number of red grouse and multiple mountain hares.

The mid-range forecast suggests that the weather is going to remain unsettled next week with low pressure in charge and the likelihood that there will be some summit level snow……..

Climbing/Descending The Cairnwell (933m) via its blunt south ridge is a completely different experience to the North approach through the ski area.

Does The Cairnwell (933m) win the prize for the most compromised Munro summit?

Cloud base around 900m. Looking across to Carn nan Sac (920m) from The Cairnwell (933m). Old snow patch holding on around the start of a popular ski descent.

The Lookout on the lookout post. Bowie sitting on a pillbox that was once part of The Cowie Line: A Second World War ‘stop line’. The line was intended to prevent invading German troops, pushing through NE Scotland, going South into Angus and the Central Belt.

Lepidus Timidus, Mountain Hare, Blue Hare, Tundra Hare etc etc Looking slightly vulnerable in the heather today.

Aforementioned mammal’s home… great natural protection from the weather and predators

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