Usual selection of unusual weather.

23rd March 2019

(Above) Left to right, far distance: Sron a Ghoire, Coire Ardair & the Post Face, and the Carn Liath massif. Looking relatively wintry even on plateau areas.


(Above) East and South East-facing aspects in Coire Chriochairein. Had been quite wintry overnight with pulses of snow showers. Dry during the day but still quite cold in shaded areas; quite mild in the sun though. Roller ball activity (see above) on sun-exposed slopes below 800m after midday. Beautiful clear air during the cloud breaks. New cornices in some places, too.


(Above) Easy Gully and The Post Face of Coire Ardair.


(Above) Right: Bellevue Buttress. Big chunks of cornice (some car-sized?) lie at the foot of this steep east-facing crag. Of historic interest though since the cornice there collapsed some days ago during the meltdown.


(Above) Bellevue Buttress, the Pinnacle and profile outline of the Post Face viewed from the Inner Coire. May have been a bit mild and melty down low but it was still winter up high. Drifting continued more or less all day above 1000m.


(Above) The crags the Inner Coire (The Window out of shot to the right). The two climbers at the foot of ‘Cinderella’, a low grade gully route, went and ‘had a look’ but retreated shortly thereafter. Reason unknown. Underfoot conditions vary from a developing hard crust up high through to breakable crust over soft wet snow below 900m. Cornice lines, though not currently large, will continue to develop overnight and throughout Sunday.


(Above) The Window, the prominent bealach above the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair.







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