30th March 2023

A mild day with spells of light rain.  The snowpack is soft and thawing at all altitudes.  Large patches remain at plateau levels and around coire back walls.  Traveling by ski is fairly straight forward above 1000 metres with a few hops and skips across bare patches, although descents are sluggish due to moist snow.  Travel by foot is fairly steady, with some post holing in certain areas especially around boulder fields. A set of snow shoe prints were also seen heading for the summit of Cairngorm, these looked to be sitting nicely on the surface.

Looking down the Eastern flank of Cnap Coire na Spreidhe into Strath Nethy.

Ribbons of snow remain on the North side of Beinn Mheadhoin.

Above Marquis Well on the North side of Cairngorm.

A snow bunting pecking around on the summit of Cairngorm.

Looking South-West from the summit of Cairngorm. The distant Ben Macdui, obscured by cloud.

Coire an t-Sneachda and the Fiacaill buttress.

Descending the Western side of Cairngorm.


Comments on this post

  • Ross
    31st March 2023 7:48 am

    Thanks for these updates, I really appreciate them. Helpful to have a more visual insight as well as the info from MWIS, SAIS etc. Cheers!

    • ncairngormsadmin
      31st March 2023 1:03 pm

      Hi Ross
      thanks for your feedback, photo’s are great and especially helpful when the snowpack is lean.

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