Dryer and cooler.

4th January 2021

Covid -19

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A nicer dry day on the hill today with improving snow cover. Lower down paths are frozen, icy and slippery and higher up the obscured trails are really hard work and on many aspects a surface crust is forming and unfortunately seldom weight bearing. Generally the snow pack is quite stable although there are localised moderately bonded instabilities at higher levels around 800 metres altitude and above. These instabilities tend to be on steeper terrain such as coire rims and at the tops of gullies. There were roller balls on sun exposed aspects today and one small avalanche has been recored where a cornice had collapsed and set off the snow below. It has been quite busy in the Glen with a few cars parked. Impressively any hill walkers I have met and chatted to have been local illustrating that our outdoor community are being responsible and do seem to be adhering to the stay safe, stay local Covid restrictions. I managed to get higher than expected on the hill today thanks to a local young Torridon based team who soon caught up with me on my trail breaking. We swapped around every 100 meters or so. Even with three of us staying apart and taking turns in front it was still very hard hot work floundering along to gain any altitude.

Morning light on Liathach.

Wind formations and Sgurr Ban and Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe

Liathach from the east ridge of Spidean Coire nan Clach

Thanks to Dan and Nessa for the shared trail breaking!

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