East Ridge, Creag Dhubh

14th December 2019

The Torridon forecast area seemed to be in a weather ‘dead zone’ today; light winds, multi layered cloud with low cloud persisting in the glen, slow moving light showers and high humidity. The forecast snow amounts did not materialise, hence there is little change in the snowpack and snow cover from yesterday. However, a good day out was had.

The approach to Creag Dhubh at the east end of Beinn Eighe is through the old pines of the Caledonian forest. Good to see some natural regeneration of the forest occurring.

The east ridge of Creag Dhubh on the right and Coire Domhain on the left. The site of todays snowpack observations is marked.

Snow drifts lining the north aspect of the ridge crest. In some light conditions and from a distance, there looks like there is more snow cover than there is actually is. This is the case with the shallow snowpack that currently exists.

Today’s tracks in the snow. A Ptarmigan has landed in the snow as indicated by the wing marks, then walked off the top of the photo.

Looking NE across Kinlochewe to the Fannaich mountains highlighted in the sun.

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