Freezing on the summits

25th January 2023

After several mild days the freezing level dropped to around 800 metres today and there was a dusting of fresh snow. Still a net loss unfortunately as more was melting low down than was gained high up. At least the rate of snow loss has slowed down.

Stuc Coire an Laoigh

Sgurr Ban and Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe, Beinn Eighe.

Just a dusting of fresh snow on Spidean Coire nan Clach at midday.

These ptarmigan in Coire an Laoigh are well camouflaged. How many can you spot. Answers in the comments.

Coire an Laoigh, Beinn Eighe. This is a common corrie for avalanche forecasters to visit as it holds snow well and has good access.

Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe.


Comments on this post

  • Colin
    25th January 2023 4:44 pm

    4 Ptarmigan ?

  • Keith Horner
    25th January 2023 5:20 pm

    I’d say 4 ptarmigan as well – assuming ptarmigan is the plural of ptarmigan….?

    • torridonadmin
      25th January 2023 8:05 pm

      According to google the plural can be ptarmigan or ptarmigans. Ptarmigan sounds better to me.
      There are definitely more than 4 though.

  • Matthew Hay
    25th January 2023 5:22 pm

    I count 7

  • Attila
    25th January 2023 6:43 pm


  • David W
    25th January 2023 8:21 pm

    5 ptarmigans by my eyes (and glasses)

  • Mr John Lumbard
    25th January 2023 10:15 pm

    Definitely six, but possibly seven if the what appears to be a ptarmigan near the top right hand corner is a bird and not a feature in the snow where it abuts the grass by the large stone.
    ps Thanks for the daily blog and photos – they are a daily reminder of just how special the Scottish mountains are in winter.

  • Andy Williams
    26th January 2023 12:23 am

    Sure I can see 6!

  • torridonadmin
    26th January 2023 8:43 am

    It’s great to see that lots of you have responded to this. There are definitely 6 and possibly 7. I only counted 6 when I took the photo but looking closer there’s probably one more. Snowfall and a strong wind didn’t help when I was there and some out of focus snowflakes in the photo aren’t making it easy either. I’ll post a marked up photo in the Torridon blog for the 26th January showing where the 6 (or 7) are.

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