Our pit today was rather soggy and water logged at ground level. Mild conditions with maximum gusts of 137 mph on Cairngorm summit. Gale force winds over Cairngorm summit. If you listen carefully you can just about hear the distant ring of Santa's sleigh bells!
looking up to the Northern Corries from Glenmore - a depressing site after the good snowcover and conditions of a few days ago Looking at the cliffs of Coire an Lochain - a very windy and mild day that has eaten the snow away !!
Thick cloud developed quickly over the Cairngorms turning the day into a real pea souper. The snow pack is very cold and dry with a steep temperature gradient near the surface. Walking conditions in Lochain were generally good but we avoided the watery boulder section just North of the Lochans as any lurking ice wasn't frozen enough to walk on.
Stanley dog is thrilled to assist whilst the snow profile is being dug.
We were joined today by our guest Avalanche Forecaster "Graeme Moss" who drove all the way over from Lochaber. He enjoyed some of our delights by taking in a few turns down the South-East side of Cairngorm on spring snow.
This happened sometime around Friday/Saturday during the mild temperatures. The great slab quite often takes a slide in May but this year its early due to the monsoon conditions we have been experiencing lately.