Bullet hard

1st February 2024

After yesterday’s thaw much cooler temperatures followed.  The snowpack was very firm and icy, especially first thing this morning.  As the day progressed it softened at lower elevations as the freezing level rose to 1000 metres by late morning.  Brisk Westerly winds were encountered at higher levels.  Isolated windslab lies in wind sheltered locations on Easterly facing slopes above 950 metres but these are generally shallow and avoidable.

Distant views of the Lairig Ghru and Braeriach massif.

Looking down the top of the Ciste Gully; here the snow was very firm.

The torr on the summit of Cairngorm.

A clear spell with views looking South-East; the steep North-West facing slopes of Beinn Mheadhoin briefly came into view.

The summit of Cairngorm is covered by a thin firm layer of snow ice.


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