Brief weather window

9th March 2024

(Above) Managed to find a small chink in the otherwise prevailing leaden skies at Beinn a Chaorainn today. It was brief though, 90 minutes and then the battleship grey dense cloud cover rolled back in.


(Above) The East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn enjoying its few minutes in the sun.


(Above) Cornices around the rim of the steep coire close to the summit of this popular mountain. These are all refrozen and firm but well worth steering a course around if you’re hillwalking near the summit areas.


(Above) Looking east towards the cloud-capped Creag Meagaidh massif. The obvious white pin-stripe is where snow had drifted behind the Moy Wall, a feature that follows the crest of the hill all the way up to within 1500m of Creag Meagaidh summit.


(Above) A minor heads-up. Coire nan Laogh – also visible in the previous shot. This particular coire has one of Creag Meagaidh’s very few true west aspects steep enough to allow avalanche activity in the right conditions. At the moment snow-ice abounds in our area above about 750m – some crusty, some very firm – but there is a little windslab on selected W and NW aspects. It tends to be thin and localised but will have accumulated in (the few) places like that shown in the shot above 1000m. The snowy area in cloud furthest away from the camera is the true W aspect.  

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