Thursday, 19 January 2012

Loch Einich

The crags of Gleann Einich on Sgor Gaoith

Today I've been working for Climb 365 on a winter mountaineering course. With three big days in his legs already Robert opted for an exploratory walk through Rothiemurchus forest and up towards Loch Einich. This wild and remote corrie is rarely visited and we didn't see a soul all day. The strong westerlies were blowing plenty of snow around on the higher ground and large cornices were forming along Sgor Gaoith but we were sheltered from the worst of the weather until after lunch. There were plenty of red deer and grouse in evidence highlighted by plenty of sunshine. However as we turned for home at the head of the loch the wind got up and heavy snow began to fall reducing the visability to 40m. Our footsteps from earlier in the day were soon covered but the good path is easy to follow. Back in Aviemore it continued to snow on and off for the rest of the evening, a good sign for the next few days.

A beach walk! - circumnavigating Loch Einich

Loch Einich

The view from the head of Loch Einich