A Summit Day!

19th March 2020

A great day to be on the summits; stunning winter views, good snow cover and plenty of sun. Although it felt cold when the NW wind strengthened during the occasional wintry shower. The snowpack continues to consolidate but there are minor weaknesses persisting in areas of recent windslab particularly affecting very steep slopes where it gains depth and becomes more extensive. Some summit slopes are firm and icy. Some sun induced softening of the snow on Southerly aspects. Little change tomorrow – maybe more sun!

The main Fannaich mountains first thing this morning.

Liathach from the glen. Slow moving isolated wintry showers were the order of the day. Most showers drifted along the coastal fringes with a few penetrating more inland.

Good snow cover in Coire an Laoigh on Beinn Eighe. Although it was relatively good going out the back of the coire onto the main ridge (with a small cornice exit), it was easier to follow the ridge up onto Stuc Coire an Laoigh on the left, then onto the main ridge.

Liathach from near Stuc Coire an Laoigh.

Beinn Eighe main ridge, looking west from Spidean Coire nan Clach (Munro, 993m.) onto the main Munro of Ruadh-stac Mor, 1010m on the right.

Beinn Eighe main ridge, looking east from Spidean Coire nan Clach through Sgurr Ban onto Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe and Creag Dhubh on the left. The snow covered Fannaichs in the background.

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