A Winter Scene

10th April 2017

Ben Macdui and the Cairngorm plateau from Cairngorm.

A return to winter today with  a dusting of snow above 900 metres and a bitterly cold, strong North Westerly wind presenting  a strong wind chill effect. Great views and a bracing day.

The return to winter today is a real illustration of how rapidly  the weather and conditions can change from spring to winter in a matter of hours. Old snow fields are now frozen hard and icy with serious run-outs, in the event of a slip, onto rocks and boulders at the base of slopes.  However these areas though can be avoided with good route planning if no winter equipment (ice axe and crampons) is carried.

Cairntoul in the distance and the Northern Corries from the flank of Cairngorm.

Sgor an Lochain Uaine.

Ben Macdui, Cairntoul and the plateau.

Coire an t Sneachda.

Braeriach beyond the Northern Corries



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