Boxing Day

26th December 2022

(Above) Snow showers continued for most of the day at Creag Meagaidh. An empty car park meant I was in for some trail-breaking this morning though the drifted snow was only 10cm deep on the path so no biggie.


(Above) Plan ‘A’ was to prod the snow in Balloon Gully (shown here) a reasonably well-defined re-entrant in the side of Coire Ardair that catches quite a lot of snow when the winds are W or SW. Soon abandoned that as a destination since it had caught very little new drifted snow. The top of the gully is at around 870m.


(Above) Looking west up into Coire Ardair. Upper Coire Ardair and Coire Chriochairein were a cauldron of swirling airborne snow for most of the day giving very poor visibility. Ended up doing a medium-altitude tour of Coire Chriochairein. New windslab was building but only in modest amounts and deeper stuff generally confined to the last few metres below coire rims and gully exits.


(Above) Looking across the NE shoulder of Sron a Ghoire. 830m. The steep east-facing slope can get choked with wind-drifted snow but not today. The weather lifted for about 15 minutes before more snow showers enveloped our area.


(Above) Enough time in the weather ‘window’ to capture a nice winter wonderland-type shot!


Comments on this post

  • Stan Wygladala
    28th December 2022 4:06 pm

    Looking better! Long range forecast?

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