Cold and settled

28th December 2009

Conditions have been cold and settled for a few days now. Great for the festive holidays. Here are some pictures from on and around Aonach Mor over the past few days.

Looking over to Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis today.

The crags in Coire an Lochan are pretty buried. I think the routes here would be pretty hard work with a lot of clearing required.

There are a few cornices around as well.

Surface hoar forming in the cold, settled conditions (for scale the larger grid on the crystal card is 3mm). These sparkly little crystals are the cause of many avalanches in the Alps and North America, where they get buried by subsequent snow falls, and become a weak layer/sliding surface. They are less common in Scotland’s maritime climate, but now they have formed in some locations they could easily become significant if we get a large snowfall before they are destroyed by either high winds or a thaw.

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