28th February 2024

It was positively balmy in Glen Torridon today.  Gale force South-Westerlies, freezing level rising well above the summits and rain showers was the perfect recipe for more snow loss.  The remaining snow is confined to steep North through East to South-East aspects above 800m; but even these areas of snow would have been diminishing today. We do have snow forecast and temperatures are dropping from midnight onwards, so tomorrow will see a return to winter higher up in the mountains. The amount of snow forecast (particularly in the western ranges of the area) will have little consequence.  In the eastern part of the forecast area, isolated areas of windslab will build on North to East aspects above 800m.  These areas are expected to be easily avoidable and the avalanche forecast for tomorrow remains low.

12 degrees on the car thermometer in Glen Torridon early afternoon.  Not the sort of temperature winter enthusiasts would like to see during February.

Looking up towards the eastern end of the Beinn Eighe ridge highlighting how little snow remains after the thaw.

The south side of Liathach is virtually clear of snow.

Looking east along the ridge towards Sgurr Ban 970m. Just a cosmetic layer of wet snow remains on southern aspects.

Looking up at the eastern aspect of Coire an Laoigh on Beinn Eighe.  The corrie rim is around 850m. There are minor cornices and some very small wet snow slides were noted below the craggy areas. What snow remains continued to consolidate today in the mild temperatures.

Looking across Glen Torridon from Beinn Eighe to the Corbett summit of Sgurr Dubh (782m).  This is a northerly aspect on the photo and there is almost no snow.

And finally….. A visit to see Calum the stag in the Coire Dubh car park.  This is his regular ‘hang out’ and there is often evidence of a variety of vegetables that the locals feed him.  (Todays lunch was carrots).  The local stalker reckons Calum is 17 years old, he’s certainly looking a little ‘ragged round the edges’…

Comments on this post

  • Winky O’Neale
    28th February 2024 5:46 pm

    I have observed that Calum is no longer keen on carrots . As he is toothless he can’t tackle them very well unless grated. Other types of veg go down well, especially apples, cut up. Once gave him a licorice allsort, a one off I hasten to add, he enjoyed it.

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