Above, below, and in the cloud

8th January 2024

It was another nice day to be in the mountains although not as good as yesterday with some cloud around the summits. A moderate South-East wind resulted in some redistribution of the soft surface snow giving very isolated and shallow fresh windslab accumulations on North-West to North-East aspects.

The snowpack is very firm at lower elevations getting slightly softer with a slight crust higher up.

Some pictures below showing conditions.

Aonach Beag in atmospheric conditions.


Cornices are generally small or absent at the moment. This one on Aonach Beag summit.


Aonach Mor as it started to clear.


There was poor visibility when I skied down here this morning. Following the footprints from yesterday gave me a handrail and something to focus on.


Looking down Easy Gully.


Coire an Lochan, Aonach Mor.


Yesterday there was a lot of surface hoar, formed in cold, calm, clear conditions. Overnight it was cloudy, humid and slightly windier leading to rime to build on the surface hoar giving this interesting snow surface.


Ben Nevis


The top of North-East Buttress, Ben Nevis catching the sun.

Comments on this post

  • philip Marsh
    8th January 2024 4:27 pm

    That last image of BN in the sun is incredible. I’m a professional photographer and that would make the nationals via Solent News or Caters for example. I’m envious!

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