Carn Mor Dearg

Wintry weather had been blasted at the hills in the previous week and with a planned group walk up Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis approaching, a friend wanted to check out the state of snow on the hills ahead of that group’s day out. Despite spells of sunshine and warmth, when out of the breeze, it wasn’t very springlike this May day.

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The steep ascent out through the woods warmed us up initially before we were exposed to the cold air on the hillside above.

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Highlights were a fallow deer in the woods and watching skiers and avalanches on the north face of the Ben – thankfully not in the same place.

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We lunched at the summit of Carn Mor Dearg (out the wind) and decided against continuing on as the snow would have been hard going in its mushy state. Facts about the conditions had been gathered by now anyway and with many previous trips along the ridge for each of us, there was less incentive to repeat.

Hills to the west (seaward) were clear of snow, but inland to the Mamores and Grey Corries, was a different picture with a fresh coat of snow lying on the tops.

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