Grey faded away

11th February 2017

(Above) The grey morning faded away giving the sun an opportunity to strut its stuff. A view from the Carn Liath plateau towards to the Post Face of Coire Ardair. Deeper drifts in places on the plateau otherwise large tracts of ground-hugging vegetation choked with snow.


(Above) Perfect symmetry of Coire Ardair’s glacial side walls. Coire Chriochairein is the hanging valley that provides the rather spectacular breach in the beautiful sweep of this glacial trench. The Post Face and crags of the Inner Coire the obvious features of the backdrop. Warmth from the sun initiated some rollerball activity on these South-facing slopes but only below 700m. Much colder snow at higher altitudes.


(Above) Looking across Coire Ardair towards Sron a Ghoire during one of the cloud breaks.


(Above) Drifting on the Sron a Ghoire plateau. NE winds picked up during the day and started moving old snow around dumping it on SW and W-facing aspects. Build up in these lee areas was modest but much stronger winds are forecast for Sunday which in all likelihood will further enhance this process.


(Above) Looking down on to the moraines in Coire Ardair. Minor drift of snow in a hollow on the Carn Liath plateau in the foreground.

Comments on this post

  • Matt
    12th February 2017 10:37 pm

    Hi – I found a black life-systems flask at the summit cairn of Carn Liath Saturday around midday. I left it on the bench at the toilet block at Aberarder. I hope it gets reunited with its owner.

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