Wintry and Cold on the Tops

13th April 2017

Another cold and wintry day on the tops. Stayed cloudy for most of the day on the summits with the occasional brief clearing allowing glimpses into the coires.

Cairngorm Summit Weather station appearing out of the clouds.

A thin dusting of snow above 900 metres, but the old snow that fringes coire rims and steeper slopes on North aspects remains rock hard and icy. Serious run-outs for any trips or slides on the snow as rocks and boulders await below.

Looking into Coire an t Sneachda from windy col.

The rock pinnacle “Alladdin and his Lamp” is well frosted.

The Red Grouse, who throughout the winter always check us out from the same location !.



























These areas can be avoided however with good route planning  if you do not have the correct winter equipment (ice axe and crampons).

A couple of centimetres of new snow will arrive on the tops overnight and during the day on tomorrow(thursday), with strong Westerly winds. staying cold through the day. Again visibility will be poor at times on the tops with some blizzard conditions.

Winter has not left us yet!


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