High Winds and Thawing

14th January 2018

It’s not often you struggle to exit the car due to strong winds, but today was one of those days. Parked on the Bealach na Ba, Applecross in the cloud at a height of 620m, it was a no brainer to make the snowpack observations not far from the road after struggling to stay on my feet heading up the track to the summit of Sgurr a’ Chaorachain. Much milder today with the temperature reaching double figures in Kinlochewe and an obvious snow loss on the hills. Rain, with hill sleet and snow arrived by early afternoon and the wind continued to strengthen!

Early morning in Glen Torridon. Signs of a diminishing snowpack due to the mild weather.

The South aspects of the Liathach ridge. Rotting ice visible on Pyramid Buttress (left of centre).

Beinn Alligin and the West end of Liathach above Loch Torridon.

The North-East coires of Beinn Bhan, Applecross hills. The cloud bases lowering on the West most mountains.

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