Sunday, March 31, 2013

Cold and sunny

Coire an Lochain

Cornices and suface instabilities a NW aspect at 525m

Deep banks of snow in Allt Mor Burn

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Calm and sunny

Generally good cover on the plateau.  A very hard base of snow-ice with a thin covering of soft snow.  Lee slopes, and hollows hold soft snow, some snowpack weakness in the surface layers, and at depth in the older storm snow.

Windy col and Mess of potage with large overhanging cornices and some  surface instabilities.

Beinn Mheadhoin in the distance with an interesting build up of snow on the North-West slope.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Very cold and clear with light winds

Much lighter winds today with occasional snow flurries.  Still very cold with temperatures as low as minus 9 degrees C on the summit of Cairngorm.  Very quiet in the Northern Corries, not a sole to be seen on any of the crags.  Slopes below buttresses are generally covered in windslab.   There are some limited useful wind scoured patches on some of the slopes;   Snowpack weaknesses are persisting within the cold snowpack.   Widespread sugar like facetted layers exist within recent windslab deposits and at depth beneath the old hard storm snow.   Good route finding and spacing necessary on approach. 

Mess of Potage

Alladins Buttress

Fluted Buttress and the Goat Track

Fiaccaill Buttress

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cold with Sunny Spells

Slab cracking underfoot on W aspect 1100m - a snowpack weakness sign

Coire Lochain
Fairly snow laden in the Northern Corries on W-N aspects elsewhere a great deal of scouring has taken place, Plateau mainly consists of snow ice  elswhere many rock and bare areas.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wind Scoured slopes, Good Weather

Looking North into Coire Chais and Loch Morlich

Mess of Potage - note Large cornices

Prty on Moraines in Coire an t Sneachda
Poor visibility in snowshowers but also some good sunny spells - weather looks good for the next few days -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Where's all the Snow Gone ?

A glimpse into snow laden Coire an t Sneachda from the Plateau
The platea is wind scoured and completely bare - and consists mainly of snow-ice - some accumulations of softer snow are in areas protected from the wind. Some rock hard, huge sastrugi, provides nimble negotiation techniques on ski and a trip hazard in poor viz !!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Improvement in Weather

A glimpse of the hills at Last
A lot of  scouring has taken place and areas of sculpted sastrugi make for interesting travel !

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Winds have eased to a steady 60mph

The link road covered in hard windslab at 580m.

Large banks of snow and cornices at 500 metres

Interesting sculptures of eroded windslab

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Vast amounts of snow

Very deep accumulations of weakly bonded snow on lee slopes,  this was at 500m;

The cause of these amazing conditions... 100mph winds over the tops snowfall and very cold temperatures.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wild conditions

Very wild conditions,...gust of 110mph over the tops, these photos were taken on the link road at 530m. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Strong Winds, Severe Drifting

A snow laden Coire an Lochain
 Severe drifting continues depositing deep unstable windslab on many aspect but especially on SW to NW aspects above 500 m
Rheindeer - a bit of sheltered grazing above All Mor glen

Driving on road toward cairngorm mountain car park at 550 m

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cold and Stormy, Weak Windslab.

Looking back into a stormy Coire an t Sneachda

Conditions at 1000 m on the Fiachail of Coire Chais around midday. Widespread poorly bonded windslab is located on many slopes - pretty spooky conditions - very good, safe route choice required.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bitterly cold, Blizzards.

Whiteout at 1000 metres
Deep drifts, unstable snowpack and challenging conditions at the moment.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Blizzards, Whiteout, Strong winds

Snow cracking underfoot - unstable snowpack sign at 750m NW aspect
Blizzards - whiteout and very strong Easterly  winds are presenting very challenging conditions at the moment, heavy drifting and weak windslab in many places where the snow has accumulated. Full on winter conditions are set to continue !

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Snow showers

     Poor visibility for most of the day, winds were not too strong but there was some drifting at higher altitudes.

Friday, March 15, 2013

South winds with drifting

Wind exposed slopes are becoming eroded.

Raised footprints on the Cas ridge

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Snow showers with drifting

Good snow cover however not quite good enough for care free off piste skiing.  A few centimetres of snow overlie some very sharp rocks, but with careful route choice the large old snowfields are out there somewhere giving excellent sport.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bright spells with heavy snow showers

Cold temperatures with snow showers have led to new accumulations of soft weakly bonded snow.  This was on a SE aspect at 1100m.

New snow on all aspects firm underfoot; superb winter conditions

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Poor visibility during snow showers

Bright and sunny at times but during snow showers visibility was poor with a rapid build up of weakly bonded windslab, this was at 600m.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Friday, March 08, 2013

Very wintry with an unstable snowpack

Cold windy conditions with snowfall have returned after the long settled spell.  Although wind exposed areas  are mostly firm and stable weakly bonded windslab has developed over the last two days at higher altitudes especially in areas of steep terrain. 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Wild Winter Weather Starts once more

Looking into Coire an t Sneachda

Drifting snow at 1000 metres on a Westerly aspect. All change with severe winter conditions ahead.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Hazy and Cold

Carn Etchachan from the flanks of Cairngorm
Snowpack remains frozen and hard in all areas - great for climbing - teeth chattering for skiers - serious runouts though for anyone tumbling !

Monday, March 04, 2013

Calm, with Hazy Sunshine

Rolling Cloud above Coire an Lochain
Snow conditions are extremely firm with very good snow-ice in throughout. Snow stayed pretty much frozen for most of the day.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Spring conditions

Looking South-East from Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Mild with drizzle over the tops this morning.  Large expanses of spring snow remain in the Cairngorms.  Down in the glen it feels like spring as the ice on Loch Morlich thaws.

Friday, March 01, 2013

Bright sunny day

Looking into Coire an t-Sneachda; little change after the brief thaw.