Failing to clear.
8th March 2018
(Above) Gloomy in the snow showers and drifting snow today in Coire Ardair. Very wintry feel to the place and new snow cover above 650m but none at all down at Aberarder. Snow has more or less obliterated Lochan a Choire in Coire Ardair and it was interesting to watch snow drifting across its surface this morning. Peering into Easy Gully at the top end of Coire Ardair. Broke trail pretty much all the way from the early high point of the path all the way up into the Inner Coire. Was a little surprised at how much snow there was down low, especially near the lochan. Skis would have been a good idea for access.
(Above) Looking across to the Pinnacle looming up into the cloud and snow. The entrance to Raeburn’s Gully just visible at the foot of Pinnacle Buttress. Not a lot of contrast for photography as you can see.
Highly variable stability today. New snow instability and lingering buried weak layers in places. The forecast for Friday is not going to improve either of these; quite the reverse. Better stability below 800m today with local scouring, but complex local winds have put down new windslab in a variety of locations. Quite a lot of cross loading going on with benches/shelves on the Post Face now carrying windslab of marginal stability.
(Above) Yay! The Window emerges from the gloom (briefly). The approach to The Window from the Inner Coire was being scoured today but a wind shift and more sustained, heavier snowfall will see this being loaded up with windslab on Friday. Friday looks like being very wintry.
(Above) The miracle that is photo editing! A look back towards the bottom end of Coire Ardair from the Inner Coire. The original pic was a milky gloomfest. Tweak the contrast & mid tones and suddenly horizons become recognisable. As you can see, snow cover is pretty good hereabouts.
(Above) Gratuitous shot: some colour to brighten the gloom. The ‘angle of dangle’ at the formal snowpit site. All today’s photos were shot in colour mode, though you might not think so viewing the others.
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