‘Lull’ before the storm.

15th December 2018


(Above) In to Beinn a Chaorainn today. Cold in a strong and biting SE wind but was mercifully dry on the way in. The purpose of the visit was to have a look across from Beinn a Chaorainn towards one of our area’s few true West aspects. The photo above looks towards the deeply incised glen of Coire nan Laogh and the steep righthand side of it faces due West. ESE winds and heavy overnight snowfall will begin to fill this (and similar) aspects with new weakly stabilised snow, particularly near the upper skyline. Snowfall commenced at 2pm on saturday and winds strengthened.


(Above) The small but steep-sided coire immediately south and below of the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn. Snow-free but all the watercourses are frozen hard. The approach from the end of the forestry track to beginning of Beinn a Chaorainn’s East Ridge is normally a somewhat squelchy affair across sodden sphagnum moss and peat. At the moment most of it is frozen and bone hard – moss & peat included.


(Above) The remainder of the coire & Beinn a Chaorainn’s East Ridge shown in outline. Negligible snow but that should change overnight.

Very wintry overnight with some impressive snowfall amounts in our forecast. A wind shift on Sunday, with lighter snow showers, will see different aspects accumulating new weak windslab.

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