Blue sky and sunshine

26th February 2023

A stunning day to be out in the hills.  Light winds and sunshine, a wintry feel with a thin cover of snow.  Travel on the plateau was fairly swift on foot, a mix of firm snow-ice, at times a breakable crust, stretches of bare ground covered with a skiff of snow.  A few ski tourers were also out and about making the most of the good weather.  Most were able to link patches at plateau levels.  Although summit temperatures were above freezing the old snow remains very firm and icy especially on shaded slopes.

Carn Etchachan and the Shelter Stone crag.

A ptarmigan looks out towards the Feith Buidhe, some old avalanche debris can be seen on the right near the base of Hells Lum Crag.

Hell’s Lum Crag.

Surface instabilities were observed on the steep sun exposed slopes of Stag Rocks.

Views across the plateau with Cairngorm in the distance.

Coire and t-Sneachda with a dusting of snow on the crags.

Firm conditions where old snow remains.

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