Another fine day

28th December 2021

Another fine day on the hill today. Sadly, it is likely to be all change tomorrow with the passage of a front giving gale force winds, precipitation and a rising freezing level.

Despite the deteriorating weather, this is likely to have a stabilising effect on the snowpack in the next twenty four hours. The weak layer that was identified yesterday is likely to dissipate as the freezing level rises well above the summits in the afternoon.

The wind has been absent today in Glenmore, with just a light breeze aloft. The windsock on the Glenmore Lodge landing zone is hanging rather forlornly, but I am sure it will be back in use tomorrow. For some wind sock information check out this previous blog.

 

Some small crown walls were reported on the Coronation Wall in Coire Cas. If you look in the top centre of the image you will see some diagonal lines. I suspect this is where the storm force SE winds got under the existing thin slabs and scoured them away. So this is most likely an erosional feature..

 

I decided to travel on ski today which was ok but crampons were better! Note the firm névé in this shot was still hard despite being in the sun at 1300 hrs.

 

Fiacaill Buttress

 

The Goat Track, Coire an t-Sneachda.

 

Alladdin’s Buttress (zoom in to spot the folk on ‘The Genie V,7).

 

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