Hold onto your hats, it’s a wild and windy St Patrick’s day!

17th March 2022

A return to windy weather with 85 mph gusts over the tops.  Drifting snow from the plateau, new windslab accumulations have developed on steep wind sheltered terrain at higher levels.  The winds were from the South-West making it hard going for anyone walking into the corries.  A couple of early birds left to go climbing at first light to avoid the increasing winds, they had a successful morning with reports of superb climbing conditions on a North-West facing buttress.  On a steep Northerly aspect above 1000 metres a human triggered avalanche occurred at around midday.  Elsewhere the snowpack is mostly wind scoured and firm.

Storm clouds with shafts of sunlight, Fiachaill of Sneachda ridge to the right.

Views across Coire an t-Sneachda towards the Mess of Potage.

Aladdin’s Buttress

Increasing gusty winds just before the rise into the coire floor.

This Irish couple came all the way from Dublin to celebrate St Patrick’s day. They enjoyed their windy walk into Sneachda,  and to avoid being pinched by a leprechaun, they wore green…No leprechauns were observed in the Cairngorms today, they must be hiding from the wind.

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