A Cold and Snowy Torridon

16th December 2022

Challenging trail breaking in the Torridon hills. Deep, soft, occasionally unconsolidated snow cover on all aspects and altitudes. But the snow is basically lying on bare ground – no base. However, at higher elevations, there are areas of moderately bonded windslab that have accumulated in previously wind sheltered steep locations. Check out the avalanche forecast pages for more detail. https://www.sais.gov.uk/torridon/

(Above) Liathach and the snowy single track road first thing this morning. It was -5C in the glen and the clouds thickened up and rolled in by lunchtime, ahead of snowfall.

(Above) Deep soft snow at 350m – rather tedious trail breaking. Sgurr Dubh (782m) behind.

(Above) Deep soft snow at 450m – rather tedious trail breaking…! Looking across Glen Torridon onto Ben Damph with thickening cloud approaching from the SW.

(Above) Deep soft snow and flat light at 600m. – rather tedious trail breaking….! Looking into Coire an Laoigh of Beinn Eighe. The snowpack was beginning to consolidate in places. The clouds descended onto the summits and light snow was in the air.

(Above) Looking out of Coire an Laoigh. Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe on the left, Loch Clair on the right. The last of the brightness in the east.

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