Groundhog Day #2

27th February 2023

(Above) Ben Alder & the Short Leachas Ridge left of centre and Long Leachas Ridge right.

Creag Meagaidh was very busy (full car park!) yesterday so for a bit of peace & quiet far from the madding crowd Ben Alder takes a bit of beating. Committing to get to, certainly, but on a good weather day, its grandeur makes it worth the long trek. Actually, quite decent snow cover relatively speaking in its North East and East facing coires. The snow was bullet-hard first thing and only later did the snow surface on East aspects succumb to a bit of solar warming. Anything shaded stayed frozen throughout.

So, the same as yesterday. Groundhog Day#2. The upside is that we don’t seem to be losing much of the admittedly patchy cover we have at present.

(Above) Lancet Edge and the eastern face of Geal Charn 1107m as viewed from near Culra Bothy. Another snowy-looking east aspect but by way of contrast most west aspects are more or less devoid of snow.


(Above) The Short Leachas Ridge. Pleasantly mild on the left, cold with frozen-hard snow on the right.


(Above) Looking NE towards the Cairngorms. Loch Ericht in the foreground. Sea of clouds down in the glens close to Strathspey persisted for most of the day. The keen-eyed and knowledgeable will be able to pick out the snow-covered peaks of the Sgoran Dubh Mor, Sgor Gaoith, Carn Ban Mor, Braeriach, The Angel’s Peak and Cairntoul.


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