Day of contrasts

16th March 2011

(Above) Good looking trench into Coire Ardair…….but only as far as the end of the dwarf birch trees today!
(Above) West and South West aspects had a fair number of wet loose snow and general wet sluffs today – yesterday’s fresh snow cover got pretty warm in direct sunlight.
(Above) Very contrasty temperatures today depending on altitude and exposure to sun/shade. Drifting off plateau areas kicked in around midday (see top of photo) yet it was really warm below 800m in the sun. If you click on the photo you’ll be able to make out one of the Plas y Brenin snowhole groups breaking trail in the bottom of Coire Ardair – hot work.

(Above) Raeburn’s Gully.

Recent cold loose snow avalanche debris from early this morning. Any surface snow in the shade was cold and dry.

(Above) The Post Face. Well plastered with snow.

Excellent snow cover on all plataeus now but getting to it requires real commitment and exertion due to snow depths on approaches. Once it settles down there should be excellent potential for high level travel on skis.

(Above) ‘Perspiring Adventure’ – sorry, no, that’s the other National Centre!
The ‘Brenin hard at work trailbreaking/post holing.

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