This was arguably the best day of the winter – blue skies all day and barely a breath of wind – carefully planned by Kirsty for her day meet to Geal Charn and A’ Mharconaich. A team of 7 (Robin, Ewen, Cerian, Michael, Arthur, Wendell, Kirsty) met at 9.30am at the Balsporran cottages and followed the ‘motorway’ up to the top of Geal Charn, pictured above.
We were all feeling very warm going up given the unusual presence of sunshine and lack of wind. Ewen showed off in his snow shoes, walking up the slopes with ease. Crampons came out as the slope eased and it was an easy wander to the summit for spectacular views. We descended to the bealach and enjoyed lunch with views in all directions (picture below), then it was a steep pull up to A’ Mharconaich where we met some skiers also making the most of conditions.
On our way back to the car we caught up with a familiar looking figure – Albert had walked up Geal Charn and come down a path from the bealach. Albert and Lizzie joined us as we headed to the pub in Newtonmore to buy Wendell a birthday pint.