Frosty and Clear in the Fannaichs

9th January 2024

A beautiful day to be out in the hills with great views and good walking conditions. High windchill though, particularly as the SE wind freshened at summit levels. Some snow re-distribution in the wind with pockets of windslab building in sheltererd W to N aspects generally above 850m. Otherwise, the snowpack remains shallow with a good overall covering above 750m. Some very firm snow, neve, on wind exposed summit slopes.

Below are some panoramas of today’s views.

(Above) Slioch on the left with the pyramidal summit of Spidean a’ Choire Leith, Liathach on its left distance and the Great Wilderness mountains of Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Sgurr Ban on the right. Frost in the glens and a frozen icy Loch a’ Bhraoin.

(Above) The Beinn Dearg mountains in the far distance left with the main Fannaich mountains centre and right. Photo taken from the Druim Reidh ridge on Toman Coinneach.

(Above) A closer view of the main Fannaichs. From left to right; Meall a’ Chrasgaidh, Carn na Criche, Sgurr mor and Sgurr nan Clach Geala.

(Above) The summit of Toman Coinneach, 935m. Not too obvious in this photo, but spindrift is moving from left to right as the SE wind picked up.

(Above) Looking SW from the summit of Toman Coinneach to the Achnashellach hills distant left and the Torridon hills distant right.

(Above) A’ Chailleach. Note the foot prints in the snow. It was ‘busy’ on the hill today. I met a total of 4 folk out enjoying the day. And there were others judging on the number of vehicles in the car park this morning. Not bad for a Tuesday in January!

(Above) Sgurr Breac. Note the ski tracks – not mine, but I hope the skis were old and the skier didn’t mind hitting a rock or two! Inversion cloud visible in the glens to the SE.

Comments on this post

  • Pete Ashworth
    10th January 2024 3:11 pm

    My ski tracks, the skis survived OK, the descent off both munros was very enjoyable, plenty of snow cover once you got your eye in.

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