Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Very cold and even Windier posted 9am 1 Feb

The scoured cliffs of coire an t sneachda but with localised unstable accumulations at the tops of gullies and corrie rims
Loose sugar like facet grains which have grown in the pack as a result of a strong temperature gradient- N aspect at 1075m.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Very Cold and Windy with Drifting Snow !

Windslab cracking underfoot - W aspect 1000 m - a good sign for snowpack instability
Looking at Mess of Potage from Windy Col showing new snow cover
A party descending the Fiacaill a Choire Chais -
More snow arrived than expected, which has created a lot of windslab build up on W through North to East aspects above 900 metres mainly. Severe drifting on the tops and into the crags. Some human triggered avalanche activity reported on a NE aspect at 1100 m.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cloud billowing over tops

The cloud base was down to around 800 metres for the first part of the day but eventually it cleared for a few hours.
Views of the Cairngorms.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Calm day with clear skys

A few folk out climbing on Coire an Lochain buttresses.The "Sun Dog" (just off centre top right of photo) showing calm cold conditions
Looking out towards Sgor Gaoith
Extensive cover of "surface hoar"

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A return to cold conditions

A thin cover of new snow with old patches remaining on NE to SE aspectsFiachaill Buttress; Light spindrift on S winds led to weakly bonded accumulations of windslab around gully tops and corrie rims
Sneachda; you can see the snow drifting into the corrie top
Brighter skies looking NW

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Still looking Wintry !

Coire an t Sneachda
Fiacaill Buttress Area Sneachda
Checking out the line
Kendal College Group emerging from Coire Floor Sneachda
Coire an Lochain
Carn Etchachan and Shelterstone from Domhain

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cold on the Tops - Limited Snow Cover

A party descending down the Fiachail of Choire Chais
A Glimpse into Coire an t Sneachda

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Snow showers and poor visibility

The cloud base finally lifted by late afternoon. Views into Coire an Lochain.Deep drifts and large cornices on SE aspects

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wild windy with snow showers

Snow showers and spin drift on the Chais ridge
Swirling winds around the Chais Headwall

Friday, January 20, 2012

New snowfall arrives on scene

Meall a'Bhuachaille taken from the Goat Track col (taken thur 19th Jan)
Northern Corries from Glenmore am

Images taken Thur 19th

RAF carrying out mountain flying exercise in Coire an t Sneachda
Looking toward Northern Corries from Cairngorm

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hard Snowpack but some new snow on the way !

Looking toward Coire an Lochain crag and the twin burns descent from the Cairngorm plateau

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hard Snowpack

Looking toward Ben Macdui from Cairngorm
Generally a bare landscape but the areas of snow that remain are generally bullet hard

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Another fine day

The buttresses in Lochain and the Great Slab, all looking a bit sparse but some route do able
Pockets of windslab showing weakness underfoot due to a facet layer which lies in between a hard layer of windslab and the old neve beneath.
Views North-West
Sneachda looking a little bareLooking South-West across the plateau

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sunshine on the tops

Looking down towards Strath Nethy. Sastrugi and isolated pockets of windslab on this E aspect.
Cloud inversion over the South Cairngorm hills.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The first sunny wind free day for a while.

Rime ice is building
Hell's Lum crag
Etchachan and the Shelter Stone.
Coire an t-Sneachda

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Views across the Cairngorm plateau.

Beinn MacDuibh and the top of Hell's Lum
Large patches of snow on the plateau. Views looking West over Sneachda

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Coire an t- Sneachda

Aladdins Couloir is incomplete, the trident gully area looked a little more hopeful A very bare Mess of Potage, Jacobs Ladder is incomplete.
Some ice holding out on the flat ice area with usable snowfields between point five and Fiachaill Buttress