A busy day in the Cairngorms
11th February 2024
A cool day with light winds, and good visibility. Many people were out and about making the most of the good weather. Underfoot conditions are a mix of bare ground, large expanses of water ice, rim ice and snow fields. Where wind scoured, the old snow is very firm, and some of the steeper slopes have serious run outs into boulder fields below.
The summit of Cairngorm.
A group of ski tourers prepare for their descent down the South side of Cairngorm.
Looking East across the summit of Cairngorm.
Ski tourers head down the West side of Cairngorm.
Looking across the plateau towards Coire an t-Sneachda.
Snow conditions look lean from this angle, but the largest expanse of snow is below on this North-West facing slope.
A mountain rescue group practice avalanche rescue. The most recent windslab accumulations can be seen on the steep roll over of the Cas head wall.
Looking up the West side of Cairngorm, large expanses of water ice have formed at the bottom of this slope above the Cas Head Wall. This was avoidable but crampons were an advantage.
Views of the Shelter Stone Etchachan and Beinn Mheadhoin from the summit of Bynack More. Thanks to Heather for the photo.
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