Beinn a Chaorainn: reprise.

19th March 2021

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(Above) Sylvan scene provides the foreground for the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn. Overcast and grey in Strathspey this morning but much brighter further west, as it was here at Beinn a Chaorainn. A touch of ground frost in the Glen Spean first thing but temperatures soon rose.
(Above) Looking east to the Creag Meagaidh with the wide V-shaped Coire nan Laogh prominent left of centre.  A bit more high cloud over on Creag Meagaidh itself. Snow cover on the plateau area now reduced and very patchy at lower altitudes.
(Above) Cornices remain something of an issue in the sustained mild temperatures. These above the steep east-facing bowl of Beinn a Chaorainn still have plenty of potential for collapse. I measured +7.2 degrees C. at 960m around midday.
(Above) The view west from the Beinn a Chaorainn forestry track this afternoon. Left to right: Stob a Choire Mheadhoin (Stob Coire Easain also just visible), Stob Ban, Sgurr Innse then the peaks that comprise some of the Grey Corrie group on the far right. The reservoir part of Loch Laggan in the foreground.

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