17th February 2018
The main snow level is around 400 metres, above which it quickly deepens in large areas of drifts, with some breakable crust, making for hard going on foot. It took me over 2.5 hrs to reach 700 metres on Meall a’ Ghiuthais – with snowshoes! Continuing very wintry at higher elevations, but with wind scoured exposed summit slopes and ridges. A thaw at all levels later tomorrow.
The windward aspects of Slioch. A defined snowline at around 400 metres.
A windblown landscape with deep drifts and few bare areas. The summit of Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe in the background emerging from a wintry shower.
The North-East aspects of Meall a’ Ghuithais north top. Avalanche debris (size 2) running out of the central couloir. Probably an overnight cornice collapse trigger.
Spot the snowshoe tracks. It would have been desperate on foot through this terrain with a breakable crust!
Spindrift around the summit of Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe. Although precipitation was minimal during the wintry showers, snow redistribution was evident in the strengthening winds ahead of and during the showers.
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