18th December 2022
Both metaphorically and emotionally, it was an angry day in the hills today. Gale force winds, spindrift and deep snow drifts made for a frustrating and grumpy walk/snowshoe! Significant snow redistribution of the soft snow onto wind sheltered terrain was expected today, but most snow was blown off the exposed areas to lower elevations and with a rising freezing level, much of it melted. There will be a heightened period of snowpack instability tomorrow as the freezing level remains well above the summits with periods of rain through the day.
(Above 3 photos) Much scouring of the existing snowpack on Meall an t-Sithe (601m) with spindrift blowing to lower levels in the gale force SE wind. Compare these photos with yesterday’s photo of Meall an t-Sithe. An Teallach is in the background of the middle photo.
(Above) Angry looking clouds mixed with spindrift over the main Fannaich mountains. Loch a’Bhraoin in the fore.
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That Guy from The Internet
18th December 2022 3:24 pm
Been there, done that.
Both literally and metaphorically, I feel your pain.