Thaw has taken its toll.
27th December 2018
(Above) Visibility improved during the morning so had a wee daunder up in to the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair. Full on thaw of course again today. The ice noted on ‘Last Post’ in Easy Gully a few days ago now a distant memory. The waterfall there bears witness to that. Snow distribution remains poor and is limited to coire rims, gully tops and some larger patches on plateau areas.
Rockfall heard from somewhere on the Post Face of Coire Ardair this morning. Likely to remain an issue until the next sustained freeze up.
(Above) The final ascent slope to The Window – the obvious col above the Inner Coire. The Window is a clear indentifying feature of the Creag Meagaidh range and can be seen from many of the summits of the Northern Cairngorms during periods of good visibility. This approach to The Window is a bouldery
stumble scramble at the moment on wet, lichen covered rocks.
(Above) Looking up into ‘Cinderella’ – the obvious deeply incised gash in the centre of the photo. This low grade gully route in the Inner Coire is normally choked with snow and often overhung by very large cornices.
(Above) The crags on the south side of the Inner Coire just along from ‘Cinderella’. Still some remnants of ice on ‘The Wand’ and ‘Diadem’ (right of centre above), but for how much longer? ‘The Pumpkin’ (the obvious right-angled corner low on the far left of shot) devoid of ice in its lower section.
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