Friday, 4 December 2009

Vast amounts of snow

Today dawned bright and frosty; sadly I have been stuck at work all day, but James conducted a traverse of Bidean nam Bian and Stob Coire Sgreamhach. He reports vast quantities of powder snow sticking to every mountain face and crag. Cornices are building, and rime is thick at many elevations. However, the weather is changing: a new airflow from the SW is going to bring warm air in tomorrow which will bring the freezing level up.

The air outside is already warmer than it was this morning. This slow thaw is exactly what we need to consolidate the snow in the long term, but of course in the short term it's not so good!

Getting out on the hill tomorrow (possibly to test my new Tricouni-nailed boots) so will write a full report when I get back. I am thinking about climbing the big ridge that comes down from Bidean West Peak, as it has no recorded ascents.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful winter ahead. Enjoy it.