Ben Wyvis, 8th January 2018

Glascarnoch from the slopes of An Cabar

Ben Wyvis looked very inviting this morning – all in white and with only high cloud above. Only snag was it was about -8 by the time I reached the ice rink of a car park near Garbat.
Well, let’s have a go anyway! I put on the microspikes at the car park, and jogged up the icy path to gain the lower slopes. Several parties ahead of me.
Then I started to notice the wind – not quite as predicted – slightly stronger and more southerly than south-easterly – blowing spindrift across the ridge. The path alternated between deep powder and windslab, and occasionally firmer sections which would bear my weight for a while.
I passed several parties, all heading down. Too windy to stand up at An Cabar, said one couple. I didn’t have snow goggles (tut tut!) so the spindrift became a bit of a nuisance. By the time I reached the halfway boulder I knew that it wasn’t going to be a day for the summit.
But what a view! This shot looking towards Loch Glascarnoch shows the spindrift flying across the snowfields. It doesn’t show the intense cold!
A beautiful day, but the invisible wind makes it a day for staying low.