Between layers of cloud

6th January 2019

It was cloudier than the forecast suggested today with a persistent lower layer below 600 metres and a higher layer that came and went at summit level.

It was warm and the dusting of snow that has been on the hills recently has now melted leaving the older snow patches which are softening but stable. The water ice that has been present on paths and other places with water seepage is also melting but a good bit still remains.

Getting above a layer of low level cloud.

Snow patches on the Goose at Nevis Range. There was also a higher layer of cloud which was covering the summit when I was there.

Descending into Easy Gully, Aonach Mor. The snowpack was softer than it has been recently.

Enough snow for a stomper belay.

A ptarmigan in winter plumage finding a spot where it’s camouflage works.

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