Out today in the Caringorms with Calum, Cameron and Lewis from Adventure Edinburgh. We took in the summit of the Cairngorm and used the limited snow cover to look at wind movement of snow around the hillside and how that fits in with safe route choice in winter. We also found a few patches of old firm snow and used these to refresh boot and axe skills.

Fiacaill Ridge and Buttress

There’s a dusting of fresh snow above 650m and this has been transported by the wind to give unconsolidated areas of snow on north and east facing coire rims and around gully exits. Below freezing all day from the car park. There’s a fair bit of rime ice around and some hoar developing. The turf is firming up, but isn’t fully frozen as yet. No precipitaion during the day and light South-Westerly winds.

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