Drifting snow

26th January 2024

Much cooler temperatures with a thin cover of new snow above 500 metres.  This is drifting on the gale force Westerly winds and new accumulations of unstable windslab have developed on lee slopes.  In many areas the old snowpack has recently developed a breakable crust, this is making travel on foot arduous where the old snow lies, especially as beneath the crust the snowpack is soft and moist.

Looking up towards Coire an Lochain. Plumes of spindrift can be seen at the top of the Fichaill of Sneachda ridge, Westerly aspects are wind scoured.

Looking across towards the allt burn which is just below 500 metres.

Gusty conditions at 1000 metres.  This is looking North from the Cas ridge.

Comments on this post

  • janet pooran
    27th January 2024 9:35 am

    Thanks for your detailed and informative posts. So enjoyed seeing Coire an Lochain. Conditions here prove treacherous for climbers. My brother Tom Carnie fell and died here in 1975.

    • ncairngormsadmin
      27th January 2024 3:08 pm

      Hi Janet
      thanks for your message, the mountains will always be there, but it’s such a loss to loose a loved one especially in the mountains.

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