Soft unconsolidated snow

2nd February 2019

After over 24 hours of continuous light snowfall there is finally a blanket of soft unconsolidated snow on all aspects.  Deep firm accumulations are to be found over the back of Cairngorm after last weekends blizzard.  New soft unconsolidated windslab overlies E to S aspects in steep sheltered areas.  Snow shoe or ski make it a bit easier for travel although there still isn’t a ski base so watch out for rocks unless you’re on piste.  Buttresses are covered in rime ice and soft snow with limited ice.  Reports of ice forming on West facing crags.

A cold start to the day.

Cloud drifting in and out over the tops.

Menacing rocks lurk beneath unconsolidated snow.

Groups heading up the Fiachaill ridge

Looking into Sneachda

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