Early bird catches the worm.

10th April 2024

A beautiful start to the day, before the arrival of Southerly gales and rising temperatures.  Snowfall turned to rain by midday at all but the highest levels.  Initially there was drifting snow above 900 metres and accumulations of unstable windslab were encountered in the most wind sheltered locations, notably North facing crag aprons above 1000 metres.  There was news of firm snow conditions on lower grade climbs and the plateau was becoming wild and scoured in the increasing winds.  Underfoot conditions in snow fields were generally hard work due to a breakable crust.

A beautiful start to the day for early risers.

11am this morning, drifting snow on the Cas ridge.

Looking into Coire an t-Sneahcda, very windy conditions at this point.

Looking up the Cas ridge from the West side.

A climber descends the Cas ridge after a morning adventure in Coire an t-Sneachda.

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