Soft & wet snow
19th December 2019
(Above)Â Coire Ardair track – unfortunately a bit ofÂ change from yesterday with milder temps producing soft, wet snow at all levels.
(Above) Pinnacle Buttress and the Post Face
(Above) The Inner Coire and the slopes to the ‘Window’.Â Recent early coverÂ always mostly cosmetic – is now sparse.
I was not alone – one man and his dog topping out on the saddle.
Below is a quick run around various conditions today:
(Above) Inner Coire crags – early season ‘thin’…
(Above) Lt -Rt. SouthPost / Centre Post / North Post . The diagonal ramps of Staghorn leading to ‘The Pipes’ (Rt of photo) are largely devoid of any significant build up.
(Above) Half way up ‘Easy Gully’ and some ice to be found – on ‘Last Post’ quantity & quality as yet unknown…..
(Above) Raeburn’s Gully – centre photo. Complete but narrow
(Above). Upper slopes on Cairn Liath – now scoured
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19th December 2019 7:30 pm
Excellent as usual, chaps.
The patch of snow at the top of Raeburnâs Gully is Meagaidhâs most permanent. It survived through the year in 2014 and 2015, and is one of only a few to do so outside the Cairngorms and Nevis range. Thereâs another at Ben Alderâs Geal-Charn. A good start to this seasonâs snow patch base.
(PS. The man with the dog is actually the man with two dogs (Olive and Mabel), and belong to a certain A. Cotter Esq.)
20th December 2019 3:08 pm
Excellent (and authoritative) contribution, Iain. Many thanks for your comment.