A Bright Start

30th December 2017

There was even a bit of sun early doors, but a slow moving occluded front drifted in from the south late morning, with low cloud and snow falling above 500m initially, rising to 650m as it become milder. Still hard going underfoot off the beaten tracks, particularly at lower to mid levels. The snowpack will slowly thaw at lower levels.

Nice to see some blue skies early morning. Still plenty of snow to low levels. Liathach on the left, Beinn Eighe right. The path runs between the two mountains. Today’s snow profile was in Choire Dhuibh Bhig, on the north side of Liathach.

Looking north from Choire Dhuibh Bhig . From L – R, Beinn Dearg, Beinn a’ Chearcaill (in the sun), Sail Mhor of Beinn Eighe. It took close to 2.5hrs to get to the coire flogging through drifts once off the path!

Ice is re-forming in the northern coires of Liathach. Although I did hear some collapsing icefalls at lower level as it became milder. Lots of running water!

By early afternoon the front had settled in. Rain and snow intensified later.


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