3rd March 2023

It was a gloomy start to the day with the mountains engulfed in cloud. With inversion conditions, there was always hope that it would be possible to get above the clouds, it was just a case of being patient.

From around midday onwards, most of the higher summits were above the cloud, and there were a couple of reports of Brocken Spectres.

The snowpack is mostly firm and stable, and crampons were required for travel today in a number of locations. However, there are isolated pockets of soft snow above 1000m where instabilities are persisting. These are mostly shallow and avoidable.

There was also a breakable crust in a few places, which wasn’t supporting the weight of a walker.

There was little to be seen on the walk into the coire this morning. However, voices could be heard all around, due to the complete absence of any wind.


Surface hoar has developed on the snow surface in a few locations.


Cairn Toul (1291m) sitting above the clouds, viewed across the top of Coire an Lochain.


Fiacaill Buttress in Coire an t-Sneachda rising above the cloud.


The tops of the coires just emerging from the cloud. The blue sky and sun will have been a welcome sight for those topping out on a route today.

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