18th December 2017
(Above) ‘Strictly Come Divvy Dancing’ in the car parking area at Aberarder Farmhouse this morning. Local overnight temperature inversion turned all the compressed snow into shiny, bullet-hard ice about 4cm thick – perfect for taking a flyer on as you stepped out of the car! Was even worse this afternoon when it was covered in a thin film of meltwater. A challenging start and finish to the day but survived both with coccyx (and dignity) more or less intact!
(Above) Looking towards Coire Chriochairein with the main Coire Ardair path just visible. The photo conveys the present snow cover at ‘Meggie pretty well. East to South aspects holding more snow than elsewhere particularly above about 600m. The thaw is becoming well established at all altitudes though.
(Above) Lower slopes of Coire Chriochairein – SE aspect here. The snow surface becoming corrugated in the thaw due to differential melting in the upper layers of the snow. Most noticeable at the moment in deeper snow below about 700m.
(Above) A look into Easy Gully. The large and broad exit ramp of Easy Gully is more or less devoid of significant snow cover. Gully itself is complete but narrows with altitude. Today’s formal snow profile observations took place here.
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