Christmas Day

25th December 2021

(Above) Looking west towards the eastern end of the Creag Meagaidh massif from near Laggan. Bright but cold and very windy. White and snowy-looking SE aspects on display here but actually heavily scoured by the sustained, powerful winds.


(Above) The view towards the Drumochter hills whilst en route to Coire a Bheinn, near Carn Dubh, at the eastern end of our patch. A fair amount of drifting going on over there but I suspect a lot of that spindrift just sublimated into the atmosphere.


(Above) Drifting aplenty on the approach to Carn Dubh in the very strong SE winds.  Some new windslab formation but also quite a lot of lee slope scouring too. New windslab appeared to be confined to the very top of the most sheltered lee areas, and where it had accumulated stability was poor.


(Above) Deep shooting cracks in the lee of a steep but minor terrain feature at 800m. Poor stability but check the top right corner of the photo: windslab limited to the very top of steep lee slopes with scouring noted lower down the lee areas.


(Above) Very recently formed sastrugi on the broad ridgeline of Carn Dubh, the steep crags of Coire Dubh just visible. The very strong SE winds blowing left to right here. The steep edges of sastrugi always face into the wind.


(Above) The view east towards Spey Dam, Strathspey and the Glen Feshie hills. The hills over there are deceptively white but they too have been subjected to a lot of scouring.

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