Brutal summit winds during showers.

11th March 2021

(Above) A glimpse up towards the business end of Coire Ardair whilst the weather was in a (brief) benign mood. Frequent snow showers today, heavier later, carried on a turbulent and strong WSW airflow. Snow fell for a time down to car park level but soon melted. Graupel was a bit of a (uncomfortable) feature in amongst the snow showers ensuring I had a not so lightly exfoliated face by the end of the day. I’m considering opening an account on The Instagram and becoming a social media influencer. That way I can pass on useless health and beauty tips to a receptive public. The selfie video I could have made today, extolling the benefits of ‘au naturel’ Scottish Highlands face exfoliation, might have been compromised a bit though by the grimace I made whilst the graupel was smashing into my face and more or less blinding me…plus having to scream into the camera to be heard above the wind. (These social influencers make quite good money, don’t they?)


(Above) Wall Gully at 950m, a shallow groove carved into the southern flank of Sron Coire a Chriochairein and one of our favoured snow sampling spots. Not such a happy hunting ground for new snow today though as the turbulent winds seemed to be doing as much scouring as depositing of new snow here. The eponymous wall is just visible as a black smudge on the snow skyline near the centre of the photo. The wall descends down to the Coire Ardair path to a point about 2/3rds along its length from Aberarder Farmhouse and is quite easy to spot in most conditions. Have seen skiers descend this when we’ve had good snow cover, it being quite a friendly and direct descent down from the plateau to Coire Ardair.


(Above) Just off the summit of Sron a Coire Chriochairein (991m) & en route to the Min Window – just becoming visible below. Brutal winds over the tops during showers – the photo captures none of the drama though. Bullet hard snow ice with a glazed surface where there isn’t vegetation so crampons a necessity here even at this quite modest inclination.


(Above) Shelter from the maelstrom in the Min Window. Noticeably more newly drifted but reasonably well bonded snow in this narrow defile and in similar very sheltered places.

It was snowing at Creag Meagaidh when I departed from Aberarder Farmhouse this afternoon and the shower activity experienced today is expected to continue overnight and throughout Friday. It’s shower activity again (see yesterday’s blog posting for explanation) so you’ll need to verify exactly how much has fallen out of the sky once you get on the hill and recalibrate, if necessary, the avalanche hazard.

Comments on this post

  • Colin
    11th March 2021 6:34 pm

    Because you’re worth it

    • meagaidhadmin
      11th March 2021 6:52 pm

      An excellent strapline for my channel, Colin!

      I showed your comment to my kids. They suggested, ‘Because you’re worthless‘ might be more apt?

      They can be cruel, children, can’t they?

      For my new channel I’ll be taking inspiration from this social influencer on a YouTube video I watched:
      (For some reason the commentator doesn’t seem to approve.)

  • roger
    11th March 2021 8:35 pm

    SAIS – Social Activity Influencer Service?

    Perhaps a useful side line given our normal lean winters

    • meagaidhadmin
      11th March 2021 9:08 pm

      Nailed it one, Roger.

      The world of high definition eyebrows and blindingly white teeth beckons. I will be living my ‘best life’. (Not sure what that actually means but other social influencers seem to bandy the phrase around).

    12th March 2021 1:13 pm

    Surely it should be Chanel, rather than channel…..!

    • meagaidhadmin
      12th March 2021 3:45 pm

      Yes, a sponsor!

      Definite potential for product placement, too.

      Can imagine wafts of this stuff would get a reaction from passers-by as I made by way up Coire Ardair. Just, possibly, not the reaction one was hoping for though?

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