22/01/12 Geal-charn and A’Mharconaich, Drumochter

Out today with Mary, Andrew, Nigel, Sarah and Anne-Marie doing a Winter Skills Course. We used the area around the head of Allt Coire Fhar finding new snow on lee slopes above 700m. Where the new snow was on top of older consolidated snow it was generally starting to bond fairly well to the old snow due to the moisture content at these elevations, although there was some debris from a minor avalanche from yesterday. Scoured areas of older snow were firm giving good crampon practice. Exposed turf was frozen from about 750m. Ridges generally scoured clear of snow.

Taking a break near the head of Allt Coire Fhar

Fresh north-westerly wind giving some redistribution of snow and a few snow showers during the day. Freezing level circa 700m through the day, but falling to road level by nightfall. General cloud cover with the odd break including some excellent views of Ben Alder.

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