The Window. Through a glass darkly.
8th March 2019
(Above) The ‘view’ eastwards from the top of The Window, the bealach high above the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair. Imperfectly named given today’s visibility. Still large areas of exposed rocks and boulders at the top of, and approach to, this high watershed.
(Above) This line of old iron fence posts at high point of The Window marks a boundary between two estates, and is possibly even a continuation of the Moy Wall (demarcates the ancient boundary between Badenoch and Lochaber) which peters out a short distance from Creag Meagaidh’s summit. Here at The Window there are still some remnants of a long since collapsed wall, too. The rime on the nearest fence post is on the east-facing side and will have built up (into the wind) yesterday. Contradictory local winds winds here today: direction over summits was pretty much Southerly but the wind through The Window was a moderate strength Easterly at 1pm.
(Above) Shooting cracks on a steep Southerly aspect. There’s a interesting soft crust with a weak layer above it buried beneath a few centimetres of new slabby snow. Instability and snow depth are quite variable by aspect but only above 950m and on steeper ground. Overall snow cover remains pretty modest at the time of reporting and is confined to favoured hollows and the top of some recent lee slopes.
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