Colder Conditions Continue

22nd December 2020

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Another relatively cold day continues the trend of the last 48 hours or so. Paths and boulders were icy down to relatively low levels today due to the cold airmass over the Cairngorms. Despite a dusting of snow late on yesterday, the snow pack remains limited. The more westerly ranges of Lochaber, Torridon and Creag Meagaidh catching a bit more snow.

Northerly winds are expected tomorrow, corresponding with colder temperatures once again.

 

A view looking North from the apron below ‘Alladin’s Couloir’. The lower corrie is largely devoid of snow apart from a superficial dusting. Best cover is above 900 m.

 

Moderately bonded windslab on a North-Easterly aspect at around 1050 metres today. The image has been tweaked a bit so hopefully the chalky white windslab is visible above the “grey” melt freeze below.

 

A widespread firm and icy snow surface requiring care anywhere steep. A joy to crampon on though, just tuck those straps in!

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