Friday, December 30, 2011

Snowfall arrived in the afternoon

Beinn Mheadhoin from the SE side of Cairngorm just before the bad weather arrived.

Looking towards the fords of Avon

Drifting at 800m as wind and snowfall on Southerly winds arrived during the early afternoon.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A fleeting glimpse of Coire an Sneachda between blizzards.

Poor visibility at times with a breakable crust underfoot.

Snow showers from the North-West

Snow drifting over Fiacaill Sneachda ridge

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Colder with rock hard snow patches.

Looking West from Cairngorm to Sgorans
Coire an T Sneachda, Cairn Toul Beyond
Looking toward Creagan a Choire Etchachain
Hells Lum and Ben Macdui
Coire an Lochain
Coire an t Sneachda

Monday, December 26, 2011

Very Windy and Warm

Looking at the Norther Corries from Glenmore
Snowpack that remains is hanging on by a thread in this warm wind, it was 8 degrees c today at 750m, max gust in last 24hrs 140mph !!
Getting colder with some snow tomorrow.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Happy Christmas from North Cairngorm

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!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Coire an Lochain.

Coire an t-Sneachda. The dusting of new snow soon melted as the freezing level rose to above the summits around midday.

Thanks to our sponsors for our nice new jackets. I ended the day home and dry. It was a good test day for them in the strong winds and rain (gusts of 108mph over the summits).

Friday, December 23, 2011

Re-freeze after the thaw.

A flock of Ptarmigan march across the chais ridge. Not a lot left in the Corries
Today's snow profile was on the Chais ridge at 1000 metres. Soft snow under a hard crust.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Stripped to the Bare Bones !

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 !!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bitterly Cold and Windy on the Tops

Looking toward the Spey Valley
Corrie an t Sneachda
Looking West From Cairngorm

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wind on the Tops

Heading towards Windy Col with the cliffs of Coire an t Sneachda beyond

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Looking over the Coire an Lochain

Todays snow profiles was at Cnap Coire na Spreidhe on an Easterly aspect.

Snow cover is good in places, but quite rocky and icy in some areas.

Friday, December 16, 2011

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.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cold and Clear

Mess of Potage crag sneachda

Coire an Lochain
Looking to Aviemore from Sneachda
Coire an t Sneachda
Coire an t Sneachda from Cairngorm
Heading toward Loch Avon

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Lovely conditions in the Cairngorms today, very cold light winds and sunny.
Views looking across SE side of Cairngorm.

Friday, December 09, 2011

This overturned lorry on the Cas car park was part of the destruction caused by yesterdays storm. Summit winds were gusting over 157mph! Thankfully today was much calmer.

Stanley pays attention

Ice building on the buttresses

Saturday, April 09, 2011

East meets West

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.

Friday, April 08, 2011

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Firm snowpack

The snowpack is pretty firm with areas of blue ice - reasonable cover remains at plateau level as can be seen in this photo looking across Coire Raibert to Coire an T Sneachda and Ben MacDuibh beyond

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The great slab Lochain

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.