Slowly Diminishing Snow Cover

27th December 2021

Although the ground was frozen and icy in places, there was a slow thaw at most elevations contributing to a slowly diminishing shallow snow cover. Exposed patches of old snow are very firm. No snow below 600m. However, there remains reasonable winter conditions at higher elevations.

(Above) Limited snow cover in the central Fannaichs. Sgurr nan Clach Geala on the left, Sgurr nan Each centre and the north ridge of Sgurr Breac on the right. The lowest and most obvious white patch of snow on Sgurr nan Clach Geala looked like the thawing remains of avalanche debris. The avalanche likely occurred on Christmas eve during a period of drifting snow fall and ESE gales, with the start zone in the bowl above the rocky outcrops and the track funnelled down the couloir.

(Above) A cloud cap on A’ Chailleach above the frozen loch of Toll an Lochain coire. The summit cloud lifted by midday to give a fine afternoon.

(Above) A view looking over Loch a’ Bhraoin to the Great Wilderness mountains around Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair and Beinn a’ Chlaidheimh on the right. The obvious snowline is around 650m. elevation.

(Above) The peaks and coires of An Teallach.

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