17th March 2018

Wintry and cold today with persistent drifting above 750m.  Very contrasty underfoot conditions in lee areas with abrupt transitions from hard or crusty snow ice to windslab. All wind-exposed places well stabilised and with a treacherous surface crust below 650m. Occasionally bright (when the camera came out, of course) especially later, but frequently overcast and wintry in the morning.

(Above) An Cearcallach and its associated coire during one of the brief bright periods. Large expanses of exposed snow-ice but also windslab high on steep lee slopes. The left hand side of the photo was scoured clean by the strong SE winds.


(Above) One of Beinn a Chaorainn’s East-facing coires. Also swept clear of new snow. The old refrozen cornice line was unaffected by the scouring effect of the SE wind.

A flavour of the prevailing wintry conditions today at 830m:



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