Of mice and snow

15th December 2022

Wintry conditions continue with summit temperatures averaging at around minus 6 over the past 24 hours.  Low cloud remains in place over the Cairngorms, this often happens when the winds are Northerly in direction.  A blanket of soft deep snow lies on all aspects, in some areas this is knee to thigh deep above 800m.

Conditions at 600 metres.

Testing continues on the funicular Railway.

Riming on the Cas Bull wheel at 1000 metres.

Using a probe to identify depth and snowpack weaknesses.

At 1000 metres!  Mouse or vole, answers on a post card please…



Comments on this post

  • Winky O’Neale
    15th December 2022 6:43 pm

    Not a Vole, ears too big and tail too long. Then a field mouse possibly? I have met the odd one scurrying across the slopes of a snow covered Munro. This one looks like it has had its happy life under the snow disturbed.

    • ncairngormsadmin
      15th December 2022 9:37 pm

      Hello Winky
      Thanks for your comment
      It does make sense that our little friend was disturbed by the footprint and left over food.
      We hope it managed to make it’s way back to it’s haven below the snow.

  • Pip Stokes
    16th December 2022 10:51 am

    Saw one scurrying about beneath the snow up by the old abseil posts in Coire Leis many years ago

    • ncairngormsadmin
      18th December 2022 3:44 pm

      Thanks for your comment Pip, they seem to be very resilient little creatures.

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