Stunning Sunday

5th February 2023

Inversion conditions during the morning, frosty in the glen, plus 4 degrees C at 1000 metres.  Moderate Westerly winds with high cloud and glimpses of sunshine.  The snowpack remains very firm at all altitudes.  If journeying on foot some of the burn stepping stones are glazed in ice, and although paths are mostly clear of snow they are icy in places. Some of the broader ridges and areas on the plateau are still holding onto very firm snow, some of which can be avoided but not always.  During today the crampons and ice axe were used on several occasions, in most cases helpful but sometimes essential.

Looking South down the Lairig Ghru, the Pools of Dee in the middle.

Coire an Lochain demonstrates serious run out potential.

The plateau between Coire an Lochain and the Lairig Ghru.

Base camp; Coire an Lochain.

Icy boulders in the burn.

The Cairngorms looking quite bare but this is not the case once you venture further into the hills.

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