Sunshine and very firm snow

20th December 2021

The high pressure continues giving another clear sunny day with summit temperatures just above freezing. The remaining snowpack is very firm with cover very variable in different locations. Most snow can be found above 900 metres, with gullies, coire rims and summit plateaus holding most snow.

Looking from Cairn Lochan to Ben Macdui, this area of the plateau holds more snow than any others.

Looking across the west facing slopes of Cairn Lochan. This is a route often taken to Ben Macdui, again the snow is very firm and any slip here would have very serious consequences.

Looking towards Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochain Uaine, with low lying cloud in the valley behind.

Looking towards Braeriach

Taken from Cairn Lochan close to where the first picture was taken showing how variable the snow cover is, this is looking towards Cairngorm with most snow on the South aspect and the West aspect having minimal snow.

Coire an Lochain

 

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