The view from above the top of the great Post Box Gully (II***), Sgorr Ruadh.
A friend recently told me that she has only ever seen the Highlands in monochrome. I was surprised at first, the Highlands being to me a place with a unique quality of light and colour. But I've been spoilt for sure, my 5 years up here having coincided with some of the greatest winters of recent times and some of the longest periods of fine weather.
An Ruadh Stac
Post Box Gully joins this ridge on the other side.
Sgorr Ruadh won me over last summer, a memorable solo of Raeburn's Buttress Direct leaving me determined to return in winter. I'm starting to think its sweeping curves and shapes make it one of the most beautiful of all the Scottish mountains, and under the amount of snow it was holding today it was quite a sight. With a less inspiring background I might have been worn down by the very 'physical' day it turned out to be - knee to waist deep snow to break trail through at times, for quite a long way.
The cave. Totally blocked by snow, so a traverse up and left was needed.
The main ridge of Liathach.
Would it be too odd to say that by afternoon it felt like spring?