An Coileachan/South Fannich’s

4th March 2024

Another stunning day in the Torridon forecast area. Overnight frost in the glens, with warmer temperatures low to mid-mountain reflecting a temperature inversion. By mid-day the freezing level had risen to summit level. There is little change in the snow conditions in the area; slowly thawing on sun affected slopes and the old, firm snow remaining in steep locations on North through East to South-East aspects above 800m. Below this, it feels very much like Spring.

An early morning shot looking up towards the Eastern end of the Beinn Eighe ridge. The ‘Black Carls’ are on the LHS of the photo with the Summit of Creag Dhubh on the RHS.

Fionn Beinn (933m) looking into the Northerly corrie of Toll Mor across Loch Fannich.

Garbh Choire Mor. The corrie rim is at an altitude of around 800m and faces East. A fair reflection of snow cover across the region.

Looking up into the East facing corrie of Garbh Choire Beag, An Coileachan (923m) summit in the background.  An Coileachan is the most Southerly of the Fannich Munros. This corrie holding more snow, the corrie rim is around 850m.

Frost in the glens this morning, but warmer air above, indicating a temperature inversion. I saw a lot of red deer on my journey up to Loch Fannich, (at a guess, in excess of 200). Seemingly way more than the ecosystem could provide for.  Groups were gathered in areas where supplementary food was provided for them and they were no doubt looking forward to the grass starting to grow.

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