A Misty Murky Start to the Month.

1st April 2024

It was a cloudy day. There was not much visibility above 900 metres through much of the day. The slightly milder conditions yesterday followed by the colder conditions today have helped to furtherĀ  consolidate the snowpack. In most places the surface felt firm, but not really hard and icy. Looks like snow in the forecast for tomorrow, which will deposit some areas of windslab on sheltered South-West to North-West aspects at higher levels.

Visibility was poor at higher levels. This photo was taken at an altitude of about 900 metres. The hardy little tree in the foreground must be one of the higher trees in the area.

A group appears out of the mist. However, given the amount of rock showing through in many places I would not describe as a white out.

It did clear briefly for a couple of photos of the Lairig Ghru. In this case looking South, the Pools of Dee just visible.

The Northern End of the Lairig Ghru. The snow cover is quite good at showing the water channels on the far side.

Comments on this post

  • Matt Dalby
    1st April 2024 8:43 pm

    900m isn’t particularly high to be finding a lone isolated tree. The current record for the Cairngorms seems to be a sitka at 1,125m on Braeriach. The current Scottish record holder is a willow at 1,222m on Ben Nevis.
    There’s even a Facebook group, High-altitude trees of Britain and Ireland. http://www.facebook.com/groups/5232650546781748

  • Gary Hodgson
    1st April 2024 9:50 pm

    Matt- I’ve spotted a tiny, lone Caledonian Pine at about 1050m on Cnap Coire na Spreidhe in the Cairngorms. It’s about 50cm high.

  • Caroline Barker
    2nd April 2024 6:22 pm

    Think I have seen this tree as well in the past Gary but was about 12cm high and sheltered by a rock. Closer to Ptarmigan Tvar than Cnap Corrie ns Spreidhe

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