Beinn a Chaorainn & Creag Meagaidh summit plateau

25th March 2022

(Above) 1020m on the Creag Meagaidh summit plateau. Not complete cover but very large patches of snow at this altitude; noticeable depletion in places, too.


(Above) Visibility didn’t play ball with photography this morning. Cloud base scudded around at 1000m or so until the early afternoon. The view west across the southern flank of Beinn a Chaorainn towards the silvery outline of Loch Treig.


(Above) A view of the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn from the ‘wrong’ side. The actual line of the ridge is somewhat difficult to pick out due to the ‘dazzle’ camouflage effect created by the dark rock and contrasting snow. Moist snow at all altitudes today. Cornices are still an issue for us. Most of them hang above very steep E aspects like here on Beinn a Chaorainn, and on some N aspects.


(Above) Looking towards the hills on the south side of Glean Spean. L to R: Geal Charn 1132m, Aonach Beag 1116m and Beinn Eibhinn 1102m.


(Above) The Big Picture. Puist Coire Ardair, Sron a Ghoire and the Post Face of Coire Ardair. The mild weather is taking its toll on the snow cover below 850m in most places, though ribbons of snow descend down to below 700m in favoured gully lines in Coire Ardair.


(Above) The Creag Meagaidh car park beside the A86. A lot of the vegetation is dry as high as 900m so the potential for fires to spread quickly is significant and likely to remain so right through the weekend.


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