Whiteout

7th February 2019

Poor visibility on the tops today with whiteout conditions providing a test of navigation skills for those ski touring and walking. The snowpack is firm and generally is providing a good cover. The breakable crust of the last days has improved a bit with the underlying snow becoming more consolidated.

on bearing and heading to the summit of Cairngorm

A party navigating on the Cairngorm, plateau

Heading home and finally out of the cloud with views of Aviemore and Loch Morlich below.

Comments on this post

  • Andy Cloquet
    7th February 2019 11:47 pm

    I wasn’t there; so, maybe I’m ‘ooo’ but from at least one photo, I surnmise that ‘whiteout’ has changed in its meaning. I thought that whiteout meant there was no definition between ground and sky (a uniform shade with no indication of any horiszon) and that there was no way to identify the ground (ie: no rocks, vegetation or any intrusive material which interrupts the complete whiteness…..has this changed?

  • Kevin Russell
    8th February 2019 10:39 am

    You are ‘ooo’

    Looks like a whiteout to me.

  • John Harlow
    8th February 2019 2:05 pm

    Not sure on the definition of white-out but the definition of pedant might be a better one to look up in this instance!

  • ncairngormsadmin
    13th February 2019 4:07 pm

    Hi Andy. You are correct technically about whiteout conditions, however I did not take any photos in those places because there was nothing to see or anyone to photograph!

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