A Calm day with Views!

10th January 2018

A calm morning with views, very warm at first with the freezing level above the tops, gradually this lowered to around 700 metres. The moist snowpack has now refrozen and provides a good base. There is more snow cover on the plateau than I expected following the strong southerly winds of the last few days, walking is less arduous and travel on ski is ok if you can see to link the snowy areas. The weak layer at depth is still there on North to East aspects. but is being bridged by the very had windslab that is present above it. The windslab is still worth considering avoiding  if you expect to travel on steep slopes ( over 35 degrees) and convex terrain.

Climbers at the col of Fiachail an t Sneachda

Looking towards Ben Macdui and the Northern corries and the Cairngorm plateau.

Carn Etchachan

A climber belaying is partner whilst admiring the views and enjoying the calm conditions

Looking at the Crags of Coire ant Sneachda, with the crags, Mess of Potage and Forty Thieves.


Looking towards the Spey Valley with the Pinnacle of Aladdin in the foreground.

Tension cracks above a North West aspect at 1100 metres above wind col.

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