Wednesday, 3 January 2018


Fiacaill Coire Sneachda
Snow becoming firmer
Sunshine, blue skies and no wind!
Rime coated ridge again
Coire an t-Sneachda
Fiacaill Buttress
3 folk today, busy
Windslab on Easterly aspects
The crux bit
Some cloud later
More blue skies
Loch Morlich in the distance
Fiacaill Buttress
Another named Atlantic storm (Eleanor) hit the UK last night and into this morning. This time the Northern Highlands escaped it completely. In The Cairngorms there was hardly any winds on the tops. Probably the best place in the UK if you like clear skies and sunshine too! It's always nice to get a calm, sunny day with stunning views. The mountains looking brilliant just now in their heavily rimed encrusted crags. Up on the plateau there is some depth of snow, despite the strong winds of yesterday. If you're into ski touring I would say you could have a good trip out across the plateau. There are some small areas of rocky, windblown terrain but these can be avoided. The snow is still not consolidated. The route into Sneachda is well trodden and compacted snow so a breeze to walk in to the corries today. Up on the Fiacaill Coire Sneachda it is really nice walking/climbing. The ridge lower down having been blown of most loose snow so no deep plunging up to your shins!. A fabulous day to be out.

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