Cloud capped summits

16th March 2024

While it was a sunny morning in most of Lochaber, there was a bit of cloud around the higher summits which became a more general cloud cover in the afternoon. It remained dry with increasing South-South-Easterly winds.

The old snowpack was firm and the fresh snow from yesterday was being redistributed onto mainly North-West and Northerly aspects.

The cornices seen in a couple of the photos below are old and the snow forming them is currently frozen and stable. The thaw tomorrow will have little effect on these older cornices but any cornices formed from the recent fresh snow will be prone to collapse.

Drifting snow can be difficult to photograph but hopefully you can see some in the foreground here.


Cracking showing instability in fresh windslab.


Looking West from Aonach Mor. The summits of Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis are both in the cloud.


Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor from Roy Bridge.


Ben Nevis


Cornices above Coire an Lochan. These are fairly stable in their current frozen state.


Easy Gully


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