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11th January 2021

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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
(Above) The River Wild. Full on thaw and very wet overhead conditions at all elevations today. Not surprisingly burns and minor water courses rose rapidly during the course of the morning like this one, the Allt Dubh, which drains out of Coire Ardair into Loch Laggan.
(Above) This ‘watercourse’ is the SNH vehicle approach track to Sron a Ghoire and featured on the blog in a similar state a few weeks ago. Really ought to be considered a burn! Was definitely that today. The thaw has stripped quite a lot of snow from below 600m on most aspects. The icy track up to the farmhouse – site of  yesterday’s car mishap – has melted away and is now just an anecdote the ghillie will share in the pub one day.
(Above) The road to Hell Sron a Ghoire is paved with good intentions. Carefully placed duckboards struggling to cope with a default Creag Meagaidh deluge.
We were promised some late snow today, Monday, but didn’t show by the time I got off the hill. No precip in the forecast for overnight and Tuesday + much colder at all elevations. Quite a contrast to today.

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