17th January 2016
(Above) Lochan Coire Choile Rais today with a group of junior doctors. Deeper drifts above 700m where it’s hard going if you’re breaking trail. Photo shows the north face of Meall Coire Choile Rais site of today’s primary snow observations. Buried weak layers above still producing clean and easy shears in snow tests. Easing temperatures encouraged some consolidation at lower altitudes.
(Above) East face of Meall Coire Choile Rais. The twin gullies divided by the tower are two of our ‘frequent fliers’ in this coire, though snow loading relatively modest compared to other locations (it’s the same aspect as Beinn a Charoainn mentioned in the last blog post). A few cold dry sluffs noticed on very steep South aspects.
(Above) Flat light and light winds on the walk in but improved after lunch. In discussion with the medics, tried to work out the collective noun for a group of doctors. Best we could come up with was a ‘quack’ of doctors…….well, they didn’t seem to object!
(Above) Beautiful light during mid-afternoon.
Some uncertainty over forecasted snow amounts from the Met Office again today. Could be less than anticipated.
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