It’s that time of year again.

26th March 2017

(Above) Looking towards ‘Meggie: the view from the road this morning. All things considered, still a pretty decent cover of snow above 750m on North to South East aspects.

 

(Above) Light winds all day. Not quite a mirror surface on Loch Laggan but close. Left of shot – It’s best in the west: snow cover further west of Creag Meagaidh looking good at higher altitudes.

 

(Above) Location, location, location. Ardverikie House, just hidden by a copse, on the shores of Loch Laggan. Back in the day, Queen Victoria toyed with the idea of buying Ardverikie to use as her Highland getaway. Unfortunately, the midges and rainfall did for it and she opted for Deeside instead. The rest is history.

 

(Above) The Post Face of Coire Ardair today. Warm on the path, especially in the afternoon.

 

(Above) It’s that time of year again. Members of the ‘600m High Club’ “papped” on the main Coire Ardair path. (Not for reproduction: © The Daily Mail).

 

(Above) Smile for the camera. Thin skin of ice on part of Lochan a’ Choire around midday. Temperature inversion overnight with a local ground frost below about 700m; much milder throughout on summits though. Persistently shaded areas had firmer, crisper snow all day. Sun exposed locations had a much moister snowpack. Principal low grade gully lines remain complete but…….

 

(Above) …….cornices (some large) overhang many of these gullies and steep lee slopes. The cornice line pictured above overhangs Bellevue Buttress and picked up quite a lot of sun later in the day. Chunks of recent cornice collapse noted in quite a few places today.

 

(Above) ……Ditto the top of Raeburn’s Gully.

 

(Above) Looking into the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair (‘The Window’ to the right of shot). Cornices softening in the sun above ‘Cinderella’, a popular low grade gully route.

 

(Above) Coire Chriochairein. A big East to South-facing ‘solar bowl’ with some large intact cornices fully exposed to the sun for most of the day.

Comments on this post

  • Grant Duff
    26th March 2017 7:33 pm

    Minus 3 at 8.00am in Kinloch Laggan this morning and then sunburnt by midday! At this rate the snow aint gonna last long.

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