Flat light and poor viz.

4th March 2018

(Above) Flat light, and poor viz above the 800m cloudbase all day today. A ‘view’ to the Post Face of Coire Ardair with the main Coire Ardair footpath in the foreground.  The path crosses hardpacked and/or refrozen snow for most of its course making for easy and fast access. Drifting all day, more so during the persistent light snow showers. Good stability wherever scoured but slab continues to build in steepest lee areas. Some pockets of cross-loaded slab also present in selected locations at right angles to the wind.


(Above) The River Pattack just before it enters the eastern end of Loch Laggan. Continuous ice but not very thick! The river level seems to have dropped considerably judging by the marooned remnants of ice on the river banks. A bit of a slow thaw in prospect on Monday with the freezing level rising slowly to 600m by the day’s end.


(Above) The River Pattack falls by the A86. A popular tourist sightseeing stop for ‘backpacker’-type tourist minibuses. A group stopped here just as I finished photographing the falls. Exclusively young folk in skinny-cut jeans, fashionable and only just adequate outer layers and footwear, plus a goodly slathering of make up on those of the female persuasion. Not a backpack in sight. Graphics on the ‘MacBackpackers’ van in the car park some sort of misnomer then? (Or, I’m seriously out of touch with what backpacking means nowadays.) Hey-ho.

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