A Beautiful Winter Day

9th March 2017

Great walking conditions and lovely sharp views in the sunny periods between the showers. Significant amounts of drifting (snow redistribution) observed in the fresh and gusty Westerly winds. Great looking snow sculptures on erosion areas. The sun is beginning to have an affect on the snowpack, with higher insolation levels.(Above)  A flattering amount of snow on Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe as highlighted by the sun – and ok, a somewhat overexposed photo. Most of the snowpack remains quite shallow, but deeper accumulations exist at higher elevations.(Above)  THE snow slope that reliably gathers the most snow in the Torridon mountains! The snowy ridge between Creag Dhubh and Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe, Beinn Eighe.(Above)  Spindrift off the ridge as a shower clears. The snow debris is from sun induced single point releases (in the background off the rocks), or from rapid growth new snow small cornice collapse, sloughing down the slope below. As the slough descends, it creates rollerballs in the sun thawed surface snow. I observed the rapid cornice growth and collapse process but ran out of space on the camera before I could video it! Typical.A wintry view looking South-West along the Beinn Eighe ridge from Creag Dhubh. The exposed right side (windward North-West aspect) of the ridge had an icy crust, sometimes weight bearing.

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