Post Holing!

31st December 2023

A lovely day at Creag Meagaidh today, light winds, views to the corrie rims and a few glimpses of blue sky. The freezing level rose to around 950m so the snowpack was generally stabilising and consolidating.  Above 950m there will be isolated pockets of well bonded windslab on South-West through North to North-East aspects. Generally these will only be present on corrie rims and gully exits.

Off track travel was challenging and slow, ‘post holing’ through the slightly firmer surface layer into a softer layer beneath.  Below a photo of the challenges!

Photo below: Approaching Coire Ardair.  The main path remained snow covered down to around 350m, but was thawing.

Photo below: A close up of the Post Face with no ice visible.

Photo Below: A view up towards the Window.

And finally, photo below was our high point today at around 860m in the very remote Coire nan Gamhna. This is where the snow profile was today on a North-West aspect.


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