24th January 2018
(Above) Coire Dubh this afternoon. Stormy day with strong winds and violent gusts at times. Snow drifting above 800m for most of the morning after a brief pre-dawn temperature spike. Drifting but with strong counter winds in sheltered areas resulting in sporadic lee slope scouring.
(Above) A not very good shot of the southern half of Beinn a Chaorainn showing one of its very broad East-facing scarp slopes. Despite the recent meltdown there’s still a fairly decent snow cover in lee areas, especially above 750m.
(Above) Sron a Ghoire viewed from the Creag Meagaidh car park. More mottled below 750m – bottom third of the photo. Colder and wintry up high later today. Spotted 3 long wheelbase minibuses in the car park disgorging a posse of men with very large rucsacs. The first snow-holers of the season perhaps?
Sought refuge from the ferocious wind in Coire Choile Rais but was still blown over a couple of times by dramatic gusts. A melt-down plus rainfall going on down low.
(Above) Nearer home. Ruthven Barracks close to Kingussie, set against the backdrop of the Monadliath Mtns. Seems to have acquired a moat. A rather large one. Huge amount of meltwater run-off recently.
(Above) The Insh Marshes in Badenoch. (Badenoch: translation – ‘the drowned lands’). Appropriately named. My normally land-locked small village acquires loch frontage for a week or so every year, often during winter but occasionally in summer, too.
(Above) The boys down at the Kingussie shinty club will not be best pleased. (For the uninitiated out there, shinty is a ‘sport’ where groups of Highland men fight each other armed with wooden clubs, though they are occasionally distracted by the presence of a leather ball.)
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