Not a fine day on Ben Nevis.

28th December 2011

Two optimistic folk heading up towards Observatory Gully in some less that perfect conditions today.

Looking up towards Carn Dearg Buttress in some not very pleasant conditions. If you look carefully you can see the streams being blown back up over the band rock in the middle of the picture.

As predicted there was plenty of precipitation today. Unfortunately it was not as cold as expected, and a fair bit of that precipitation fell as rain rather than snow. After a mild night, it did snow down to about 700 metres early in the morning. However, the snow level rose to around the summits level through the day. I suspect that a fair bit of fresh snow has been deposited high on Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis, and with the rising temperatures that these newest deposits are not very stable. Having retreated to the office, and with nice view of strong winds and heavy rain though the window, I also suspect that it is not very pleasant up there at the moment. Hopefully a bit colder tomorrow.

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