Friday, 12 November 2010

Slow thaw

Stormy weather for the past two days has been gradually thawing snow at moderate to high levels on the mountains here in Glencoe. The current patchy snowline rests at the level of the Middle Ledge on Aonach Dubh, at approximately 600m. Above 850m snow cover still appears to be fairly regular, although bits and pieces of ground are starting to poke through.

Given the considerable rain and mild temperatures, it's encouraging to see that the snowmelt is progressing so slowly--thanks, I would expect, to the well-consolidated state of the snow at moderate levels on Wednesday. Unfortunately I have no idea what is going on above about 950m as I can't see any higher than that from here; has there been more snow? Has it been melting all the way to the tops? Time will tell!

In any case, it's been a grand start to the season, with plenty of routes already being climbed in good conditions.

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