23rd December 2020
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(Above) The Window, a high bealach (or, col) above the Inner Coire and a popular waypoint when en route to Creag Meagaidh summit and its surrounding plateau. Best avoid the boulders, as the pair in the photo have done, when transiting to/from this popular bealach! During a ‘normal’ winter (if it’s possible to say that during this period of accelerating climate change) the boulders are covered by many metres of snow. It’s still early season so the coverage you see at this stage is not unusual.
(Above) Looking back to upper Coire Ardair and Lochan a Choire from the Inner Coire. Quite gloomy at times today with the cloud base at around 1100m but I got the feeling there was a lot of blue sky about 200m above that altitude.
Stronger N to NW winds could see some redistribution of snow on to SE to S aspects overnight. Not expecting a lot of new windslab, more likely are some localised accumulations of windslab high on SE to S facing lee slopes.
(The small blemish in the top left of each photo came about after a small snow crystal entered the camera body during a lens change and melted on the sensor. A bit of an occupational hazard, to say the least, but an easy enough fix in the warmth of the kitchen at home.)
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