Snow and NW winds.

18th January 2023

Another snowy day, travelling by car is an issue but fortunately we can use our ski-touring gear around Torridon which is a bit of a novelty. At lower levels there are rocks and heather to catch one out!

The avalanche hazard is considerable with widespread windslab instabilities on North-East through East to South aspects. Cornices have really developed and there is almost unbelievable amounts of graupel in the snow pack. Graupel  is a precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water condense on a snowflake which results in a small ball of rime or snowy pellet. It acts like ball bearings and do not help stability within the snow pack.

View from Sgurr Ban (Beinn Eighe) over towards Loch Clair.

Stuc Coire an Laoigh

Survivable tracks through rocks ! Looking back up towards Sgurr Ban and Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe

Lots of Graupel!


Liathach as I made my way back to the road side.

Craig Dhubh, (Beinn Eighe)  was clear for a wee while!


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