Yesterday we decided to head out to the Drumochter Hills. Despite being called "Hills" they are full blown Munros. As is typical of the East side of the highlands these are a collection of rolling Arctic plateaus. They could be in Svalbard, if it wasn't for the presence of the A9 cutting through them.
Taking in the view from Carn na Caim.
Sarah, Will and I popped up on to the plateau and over to the summit of Carn na Caim. It was a beautiful day. Stunning blue skies and fresh snow. That said it was windy. The snow was moving so quickly that it would fill my steps before Will had a chance to step in them. On our way back from the Munro giant sastrugi had formed over our tracks! Stastrugi are wind blown, liner sculptures that form parallel to the wind. Quite beautiful really.
Looking back at the perfect skiing conditions.
I can safely say that the Drumochter Hills were made for Ski touring. By the time we got back to our entry point to the plateau we were all pretty tired and willing to leave the second munro for another day. We bombed it back down to the BBV and retired to Aviemore for macaroni and cheese with garlic bread. Scrummy.