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05 May 2008: Ben Avon Walk Spring 2008
We went for a very long walk with our skis today (29/30km?) to Ben Avon. We figured that there would be little snow, but took the skis just in case. We headed up the Slugain and on towards the Sneck, cutting up onto the plateau beforereaching the col. It was looking quite bare up top, but the plan was to head down the Allt an Eas Mhoir which I figured would be holding some snow. The question was, how far down did it go? We put our skis on just below the summit tor, and got some turns in before some traversing. The gradient wasn't steep enough to get enough speed up lower down, but it was a pleasant way to cover the ground. In the end, we descended about 350m to finish at a handy snow bridge, before shouldering the rucksacks for the long plod out over the Bealach Dearg below Culardoch. Last day of skiing? I don't know yet, but there's plenty of snow remaining on the higher hills...

Helen at the head of Gleann an t-Slugain looking towards Beinn a' Bhuird
Helen crossing a snow bridge below Clach a'Cleirich
Coire nan Clach looking good for a while yet...
Bare mountain tops don't usually concern me this time of year if I know there's some snow around!  We skied from just below the summit tor in the background.
A bit breezy on top, with Garbh Coire behind.
Helen setting off from just below the summit, with Lochnagar and the Glenshee hills in the distance.
Different scale of skating patterns on a level section.
Helen with the summit tor behind
Skiing down the substantial bank of snow above the Allt an Eas Mhoir.
27 April 2008: Skiing Black Spout Left Hand Branch, Lochnagar Skiing Spring 2008
20 April 2008: Skiing, Loch Avon Basin, Cairngorm. Skiing Spring 2008
19 April 2008: Skiing, Creag Meagaidh Skiing Spring 2008
14 April 2008: Round of Coire Ardair Skiing Spring 2008
13 April 2008: Skiing, Grey Corries Skiing Spring 2008
05 April 2008: Skiing on Meall Corranaich Skiing Spring 2008
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