Snow Sculptures

16th February 2018

After 3 days of wintry showers and strong winds there has been a significant amount of snow transportation (with corresponding accumulations of windslab) and equally some spectacular snow erosion sculptures. Slow moving heavy showers today, wintry above 400 metres, but also bright spells in between. Thawing snow at lower levels and frozen icy ground on exposed areas at higher elevations. Hard going through the extensive areas of soft snow.

Limited amounts of sun in the bright spells between showers. Good snow cover above 400 metres.

The Twin Towers of Achnasheen. These old strainer posts are all that remains of a fence line on the lowers slopes of Fionn Bheinn. They are a good waymark. No prizes for working out the recent wind direction! Ok, it’s from the left.

The next shower on its way from the west. And that was it for a few hours – cloud and spindrift.

I wouldn,t like to ski into this in the mist! These erosion features – sastrugi, are about 2 foot high. That’s a lot of snow transported away from this area onto lee aspects.


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