Winter coats

18th March 2018

(Above) A cold morning with some overnight snow at roadside on my way to Creag Meagaidh this morning – this just outside Newtonmore on A86.

(Above) The cold conditions producing some usable roadside ice at a ‘popular venue’ not too far from Newtonmore.

(Above) The nearer to work and the further West I got the less new snow to be seen!

(Above)  On the hill and there’s still a bit of a breakable crust around at lowest elevations – but above 600m on steep ground it’s definitely crampon weather, with firm to hard / icy conditions underfoot.

(Above) Clearing skies around midday on the opposite side of the range  – looking towards Coire a Chriochairein from today’s pit site in the NE Gullies of Sron a Ghoire.

(Above) The  boundary wall to the east of Coire a Chriochairein (just about visible starting btm right)  well defined by the recent light snow shower dustings. The very uppermost section (very thin line) terminating in the feature we often refer to as ‘Boundary Wall Gully’. The wall itself sets off from just before the high point on the track into Coire Ardair and provides us with a ‘handy’ navigational aid into this high, snow collecting sample site.

(Above) Spring is in the air (although doesn’t quite look it)  – but I would hang on to that winter coat for just a bit yet. High pressure approaching, and with an Easterly airflow it is going to be cool on the tops – enjoy!


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