Far from the Madding Crowd…

28th January 2022

A fresh dusting of snow down to 800 metres has given Coire Ardair (Creag Meagaidh), the cosmetic appearance of winter. Despite a warm spell tonight, an unsettled and slightly colder period is anticipated. Fingers crossed.


A fresh dusting of snow seen here in Coire a’Chriochairein. Note the blunt ridge bounding the left hand side of the coire. Scoured ground can be seen on the left, while fresh snow accumulations can be seen in steep locations to the right of the ridgeline. These are likely to be the source of shallow wet snow instabilities overnight before the freezing level rapidly drops tomorrow. The avalanche hazard will be low.


None the bent over trees in this image. Evidence of past avalanche activity in this location. Over the years a number of large avalanches have run out to the Coire Ardair path.


Coire Ardair has much untapped “wild bouldering” potential. Just don’t bring your pad tomorrow given the storm force winds forecast!


Looking towards the ‘Post Face’ and ‘The Window’ (right). Snow limited in extent.

Comments on this post

  • Stan Wygladala
    29th January 2022 1:14 am

    I do not think I have ever seen such lean conditions in my 75 years. Athens has blizzards and minus 14 C recently so….do we blame the jet steam?

    • meagaidhadmin
      30th January 2022 3:33 pm

      A likely contender as far as I am concerned! The jet stream seems to have “previous”…

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