6th March 2020
First thing this morning it was clear. However, by the the back on nine o’clock a cloud cap had started forming on Ben Nevis. By the time I got up there the cloud was pretty thick and there were quite a few snow showers coming through. This felt like a start of the change form the cool settled conditions we have been enjoying the past few days. The forecast is for the freezing level to go above the summits and heavy rain to fall tomorrow.
There is loads of windslab on varying stability and some large and unstable cornices about (there were reports of fresh cornice collapse this morning). A lot of this will come down in the mild and wet conditions tomorrow. It will definitely be a day to avoid the gullies!
The view into Coire na Ciste early this morning when it was still clear.
Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg around 9am this morning.
A couple of snow bunting near the CIC hut. They seemed quite happy flitting about in the snow, it took a bit of time (and luck) shot of both of them together. The snow bunting is the most northerly passerine bird in the world A passerine is any bird of the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all bird species. Sometimes known as perching birds or songbirds, passerines are distinguished from other orders of birds by the arrangement of their toes (three pointing forward and one back), which facilitates perching, amongst other features specific to their evolutionary history. (Thanks to wikipedia for that little bit of knowledge)
The Minus face looking pretty white. A few teams can be seen climbing on various routes.
The CIC hut with Carn Dearg Buttress in the background.
Looking up to Carn Dearg Buttress. Hard to make out in this picture but there is fair bit of avalanche debris in the centre right foreground which had come out of the castle gullies at some point.
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