Sunshine before the snow

14th January 2023

A beautiful wintry morning with sunny spells, strong South-Westerly winds at summit levels, drifting snow above 900 metres.  By early afternoon snow showers arrived, these continued for most of the afternoon.  The old snowpack is very firm underfoot and although overlain by soft snow in some areas, steep slopes have serious run out potential.

Sun rise over the Cairngorms.

The final plod to the summit of Cairngorm. Notice the rime ice on the fence posts, this is a good indicator for the recent wind direction, as the ice builds into the wind.

Coire Chais ridge in the foreground, Fiacaill Coire Cas behind.

Raised footprints from a mountain hare. This is created by the soft surrounding snow gradually eroding around the denser paw print.

Views into Coire an-t Sneachda. Quite windy where this photo was taken at 1000m on the Fiachaill Chais ridge, plenty of drifting high up.

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