Mild, Kind of Pleasant

27th December 2016

A pleasant walk, with an autumn feel, from Loch Maree up the ‘Mountain Path’ onto Meall a’ Ghiuthais (Hill of the Scots Pine Trees) – a popular Corbett with great views and no Pine trees! Reached bits of wet snow around 500m height, but the main snowpack is patchy above 700m, limited mainly to strips on steep slopes with a N to SE aspect. The wet snow is quite firm where it deepens up. Bits of water ice observed on north faces. However, continuing pleasantly mild!

Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe in afternoon light. Limited and diminishing snowpack.

An old friend – hanging in there! A Rowan tree growing in the shelter at around 600m. Slioch behind.

Meall a Ghiuthais – 887m. Mainly patches of wet snow on this NE aspect. Some ice draining the crags – formed in the recent rapid freeze-thaw cycles.

Looking NE to the Fannaich mountains and Beinn Dearg – the bare ‘windward’ aspects!

The north side of Beinn Eighe. The cloud hovered around 850m for most of the day.

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