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Scottish Highlands (Other) - Sun 5th Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 12.03hrs on Thu 9th Mar 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Traverse Ben Wyvis. Access via forestry tracks (412680) skin up to Meallan Donn Carn Gorm, to Tom a' Choinnich. short descent on good powdery snow to bealach then skin to summit then to top of s facing corrie at (455675). Excellent descent down to Allt a' Bhealaich Mhoir then skin down footpath to road.
:: Weather Conditions
Mixed visibility deteriorating to near whiteout on summit ridge in snow showers. Very cold on top! Sunshine on lower part of descent.
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Full cover. New powdery snow in forestry and lower slopes. Unconsolidated snow on ascent route with more scoured areas exposed to NW wind. Some icy patches but easily avoided. Wind packed powder on sheltered aspects and approx 20cm deep on base in descent corrie. lower down a mixture of slabby and unconsolidated.
:: Skiers/Riders
Gary Todd + three Eagels
:: E-Mail Contact
offpistescotland at tiscali dot co dot uk

Scottish Highlands (Other) - Thu 2nd Mar 2006
Posted by: Winterhighland Member at 22.37hrs on Thu 2nd Mar 06

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:: Tour Route(s) or Location Skied/Ridden
Slochd about 17miles south of Inverness

Parked in the layby at the end of the dual carriageway travelling south before the Slochd. Skinned up the the summit of Carn Nam Bain-tighearna to the east of the road. by a more or less direct route
:: Weather Conditions
Calm low down. Moderate northerly wind on the summit. Sunny
:: Snow Conditions and Distrubtion
Powdery, dry, and totally unconsolidated. On average about a foot deep but there were 2 foot drifts. Skinning was difficult as you sank into the heather below. Skiing down was disappointing, again due to sinking despite using Bandits and leaning back. Even on the steepest parts you hardly moved. On the gentle areas poling was no use and it was a case of releasing the bindings and walking. Nevertheless it was a lovely late afternoon jaunt.
:: Skiers/Riders
Helen
:: E-Mail Contact
h11lly at hotmail dot com

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