The forecast today was for a dry and bright start before a weather front came in this afternoon so I had a morning bike and run up onto Carn Mor Dearg. It was just above freezing this morning in Fort William and the patchy snow lying at 1200m was firm and crunchy, but enough bite for running shoes. The Southerly wind picked up through the morning which shifted the cloud off Ben Nevis for nice views over to the North Face. The ptarmigan tarmachan where sheltering in their usual place I see them on the way down, starting to put on their winter white plumage so winter nearly here then? Great bike down again from the top car park, it's a much nicer view rather than the witches trail, if you take the track down to the Ben Nevis distillery/Aluminium works. This route as nice open views out to Loch Eil and also a nice variety of deciduous trees, looking fine in the Autumn colours. Well timed today, just got home as the rain came on. The weather forecast was spot on today! The last few weeks I've been asked by Iain Cameron about the size of snow patches lying on Ben Nevis and Aonach Beag. Iain has been studying these for several years. He has an excellent archive of lingering snow patches on the highest Scottish mountains. It was hard to tell the difference between 'old snow' in Observatory Gully and fresh stuff today.