Blizzard Conditions

10th February 2022

Gale force winds have become a constant theme in the mountains over the last few weeks, and today was no exception. Add to this the blowing and drifting snow, and today had all the elements for blizzard conditions.

Ski was the preferred method of transport today. Without them there was thigh deep snow to wade through, which became moist and heavy at lower elevations.

Above 700m unstable windslab was building in wind sheltered locations. Below this, the snowpack had become moist and will consolidate overnight as the freezing level drops.

Better visibility is expected tomorrow, and a brief respite from the gale force winds.

A “brighter” spell. Overnight precipitation had fallen as snow at all levels.

Looking across to Na Cnapanan, the wind scoured bumps on the horizon, in the right of the photo.

“Heads down” was a common theme of the day.

Our skinning tracks had become puddles in many places on the return leg, which will freeze overnight.

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