6th April 2024

I’m tempted to say Scorchio!, a la Caroline Aherne (gone but not forgotten), though that would be hyperbole.  But it was very mild and with low cloud early on. The temperature at Tulloch Bridge maxed out at 14 degrees C. at midday, with the C.I.C. hut (680m) below Ben Nevis only marginally cooler at 11 degrees. With the very strong wind and (mercifully) dry conditions later in the morning it felt a bit like being blow-dried or, perhaps more accurately, standing too close behind a passenger jet during take off?  There’s been noticeable snow loss mainly from the accumulated snow that blew in yesterday; the older coarse-grained snowpack fared a bit better ablation-wise.

(Above) The Big Picture. Looking W towards Sron a Ghoire et al. Snow cover is now quite patchy but so far has withstood the thaw reasonably well. Best on N to SE aspects, less good elsewhere.


(Above) The Post Face of Coire Ardair.  All snow is now wet but reasonably well stabilised. Usual health-warnings apply if in the vicinity of the steep crags in Coire Ardair: falling ice, rocks and minor full depth snow slides all possible in the sustained thaw. Some residual cornices still place too.

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