The white blanket.

28th December 2020

Covid -19

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(Above) Looking up to the business end of Coire Ardair from the main path. Reasonable cover of fresh snow at all levels today after overnight snowfall. Very cold with light winds during the day.


(Above) Part of the SE facing backwall of Coire Chriochairein. Overnight snowfall was carried on ENE and E winds. Pre-existing cornices and windslab, in the areas pictured above, were subject to a little scouring overnight. The rough looking snow surface (centre top) is the result of light wind-etching but not enough to remove much snow. Stability still marginal in these and similar places.


(Above) Lone hill-goer topping out on a small peaklet close to Sron Coire a Chriochairein. Quite bright during the middle part of the day.


(Above) Today’s formal snow observations were in the col (which is actually on a broad ridge) between the two nearest rocky bosses. Bit of a wade from the boulder onwards through cold, dry sometimes knee deep snow.


(Above) Wee peek at Pinnacle Buttress and the Post Face in upper Coire Ardair. Most of the gullies you can see have unconsolidated snow in them.


(Above) Low late afternoon sun over the east shoulder of Sron a Ghoire.

Comments on this post

  • Aimee
    28th December 2020 10:35 pm

    Photos are stunning would love to come visit one day when it’s all white and looking so perfect

    • meagaidhadmin
      29th December 2020 4:38 pm

      Thanks, Aimee.

      With the way Covid appears to be raising its ugly head again, visiting the Highlands may be an aspiration that may take many months, or more, to realise by which time winter may be long gone!

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