|The top of the Fiacaill Ridge|
|Skiers looking for steeps!|
|Cath and Des just before the Loch|
A long after work drive on Friday night saw me sleeping in the car at the Drumochter Pass watching the stars at midnight through the car glass roof (beautiful)!
|Lunch at the loch|
|Diagonal Gully behind|
|Zoom shot of a busy steep gully!|
|Zoom shots of skiers in Castlegates gully (Shelterstone)|
We skinned up the Fiacaill ridge to point 1141m, and dropped down to Loch Avon (A'an) via Allt Coire Domhain next to Hell's Lum on some very interesting deep heavy snow that was pin wheeling balls of about .5-1m in diameter from our ski tracks !!!
|Tourers approaching the summit of Ben Macdui|
|Heading up Beinn Mheadhoin|
Okay back to business we skinned up towards Loch Etchachan and then on to Beinn Mheadhoin (a munro I've wanted to visit for a while). It was bitter cold on the top, the weather slightly deteriorating.
But the 2km descent to the outlet of Loch A'an was fantastic with some of the best snow of the day (I whooped!). Obviously all over too quickly, and after fording the river we started the final big skin to get us back up to Cairngorm and a final drop down through the ski area. A bit of a killer climb, but I think Des worked out afterwards that the route was about 10 miles, with 1400m ascent!
|Glad you wore the red trousers Des (love this shot!)|
|Wet foot Des?|
|back at the loch (outlet this time)|
|back up to the saddle|
|last shot of the day of other skiers (just like the shot!).|