Firm and not much of it …

19th February 2024

The remaining snow is limited in extent due to the recent mild temperatures. Today’s journey gave a good overview of what snow remains in the Northern Coires, but the gale force winds limited travel to the plateau.

Most remaining snow is above 1000 metres on Northerly to Easterly aspects. The snow was firm and run outs remain a serious hazard, augmented today by the wind gusting around the coire, blowing us over on one occasion.

Coire an Lochain, with remaining snow on North and East aspects above around 1000 metres.


An overview of the snow left in Coire an t-Sneachda, highlighting that most remaining snow is on steep ground running out into boulder fields, meaning any slip or fall could have serious consequences.


Mess of Pottage in Coire an t-Sneachda, with a team approaching the bottom of Jacob’s Ladder.


Point 5 Gully on the left and Fiacaill Buttress on the right. Quite a few groups were using the snow on the crag aprons for winter skills practice.


A group using the remaining snow beneath Aladdin’s Mirror Direct, where a bit of ice is holding on.


A Ptarmigan trying to camouflage in a remaining snow patch.

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