Groundhog Day #5
2nd March 2023
Some very light snow flurries today for an hour or so. Most of what you see in the photos is snow-ice with the odd pocket of thin well-bonded windslab, some of it with a soft moist crust.
(Above) The coire immediately south of the East Ridge. Ice is just beginning to re-form in the upper reaches of the crags and broken ground in this coire. The cornices are now really quite old and mature but their mechanical integrity is unknown so best avoided from both above and below.
(Above) Came across this wee chap at 980m on the broad ridge below spot height 1049m. It was nestled into a small rock overlap that faces south-east so I guess is able to enjoy at least a bit of warmth from the sun. Is this a record altitude for a conifer in Scotland? (I recall from last winter that someone is doing research into conifers growing at lofty altitudes in Scotland. I’ll unleash Google onto it and report back).
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