Spring or winter? You decide!
22nd February 2023
(Above) ENE, E and ESE aspects in Coire Chriochairein. The sun made its presence felt at least for a time today. Overnight snowfall and drifting put some new wind-drifted snow high onto these scarp slopes. The sun was warm enough to induce a little surface instability where the new snow had accumulated resulting in numerous single-point releases in this coire and on south aspects in Coire Ardair.
(Above) Easy Gully, Coire Ardair. A long North-facing gully beneath an East-facing crag. The prominent cascade is where ‘Last Post’ forms, a popular ice route. But not today. The climber had the place to himself and would have experienced a wide range of underfoot conditions on his journey to the plateau. In the lower reaches some moist snow-ice becoming firmer with altitude. A little higher, some soft fresh new snow + gobbets of moist snow that will have fallen off the Post Face after the sun had done its work. Once on the plateau some drifting snow around his feet, too. See below.
‘Spring down low but winter up high’ just about sums it up.
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