A Promising Start?

2nd February 2022

Sadly, the promising start didn’t last long as continuous rain and lowering cloud moved in from the West from mid-morning onwards.

The view south down the Allt a Coire Ardair – not a patch of snow in sight.

Looking across Lochan a Choire towards the Post Face. What little snow remains was thawing today with the summit temperature around 3 degrees and gusty westerly winds.

Looking into the top of Easy Gully.  North – East aspects is where the fresh wind slab will develop (forecast for late afternoon tomorrow).  Where this fresh windblown snow achieves depth a hazard may be present. 

As the morning went on, the rain increased, the visibility decreased and my attention was drawn to what was happening under my feet.  This Ptarmigan ‘footprint’ was the only sign of any other life in the Inner Corrie.  Occasional rock fall reflecting the thawing conditions could be heard  from the South flank of Stob Poite Coire Ardair. 


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