West end.

28th February 2019

(Above) Beinn a Chaorainn. Looking along the rim of Coire na h-Uamha towards the true summit of the mountain at 1052m, somewhere in the mist over there. Definitely not troubled by having to navigate around large gnarly cornices, something this mountain is notorious for in ‘normal’ circumstances at this time of year.


(Above) Looking back towards the north top – 1043m. Large expanses of our summit areas are snow-free at present.


(Above) A view down into Coire na h-Uamha showing sporadic snow patches.


(Above) A view of the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn – nearest skyline – and the snow distribution in the large coire south of the main top. There are a couple of couloirs on the north flank of the East ridge which descend into Coire na h-Uamha (one in view, nearest) which in the right conditions might make great steep ski descents. But not right now. A hasty Google search returned no reports of previous descents although a few people look as though they’ve scoped out the two lines.

Outlook is dry on Friday, sleety summit snow on Saturday and much more wintry on Sunday. Winter returns?

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