Tracks in the Snow.

7th March 2018

It was another poor visibility day at high levels today. Despite slightly milder temperatures than last week (the freezing level was around 600m today), it is still felling very wintery in Glen Coe. The soft fresh snow is very slowly consolidating the relatively settled condition.

I decided it was worth taking the skis today, and was able to put them on after about a ten minute walk from the road. However, I discovered that although I was the first skier, various creatures had been up early to get the fresh tracks….

The North East Face of Aoanch Dubh. I don’t think I have seen the crags around Ossian’s cave look so white. This would have been due to a combination of the low clouds and Easterly winds of the past few days.

Ice still hanging on in Loch Achtriochtan.

Still poor visibility at my high point today.

The cloud lifted slightly on my way down the hill, this is the best view I got.

On the way up the hill I came across a variety of animal tracks. How many you recognise? If you are feeling confident submit your answers by commenting on this post. All the pictures were on taken between an altitude of about 350 and 500 metres, and include my skis for sense of scale. Answers on tomorrow’s blog.

Will start with an easy one, what made set of tracks A.

Smaller in size, but what made tracks B

What about aesthetically pleasing set C. 

Finally what kind of wild Glen Coe creature made set D. 


Comments on this post

  • BenJammin
    7th March 2018 5:03 pm

    B – grouse?
    C – mountain hare?
    D – fox?

  • Mike Thewlis
    7th March 2018 5:07 pm deer
    D.mountain hare

    Fox and otter and vole now needed for a full set. Mike

  • sebastien
    7th March 2018 5:15 pm

    I think those tracks are easily recognisable…
    It’s a haggis!

  • Steve Birch
    7th March 2018 7:00 pm

    Track A – deer (red)?

    Track B – ptarmigan

    Track C – mountain hare

    Track D – the most difficult…..pine Martin?

  • Steve Birch
    7th March 2018 7:37 pm

    It’s me again…..having looked again at Track D, I don’t think they are from a pine Martin! I think they are from another mountain hare, but this time in full flight!!

  • Joe
    7th March 2018 7:41 pm

    A red deer, B grouse, C mountain hare, D dog????.

  • Gramps
    7th March 2018 8:05 pm

    Hello. I think A is either a Haggis or deer, B is either a Timorous Wee Beastie or Ptarmigan, C is either an Abominable Snowman or Hare and finally D is either a Bigfoot or Fox type creature. I hope you don’t mind my double guessing so as to maximise my chances of winning whatever prize may be on offer. Look forward to the truth tomorrow. Cheers.

  • danny
    7th March 2018 9:42 pm

    A – deer
    B – ptarmigan
    C – hare
    D – red squirrel

  • roger clare
    7th March 2018 10:11 pm

    A. Deer
    B. Ptarmigan
    C. Rabbit
    D. Hare

    Or maybe not!

  • Chris
    7th March 2018 10:12 pm

    A – deer, B – grouse, C – rabbit, D – fox ?

  • Hannah Edwards
    7th March 2018 10:16 pm

    A. Deer
    B. Ptarmigan
    C. Hare
    D. Fox

  • Andrew
    8th March 2018 1:02 am


  • Patrick Roman
    8th March 2018 9:24 am

    Ok, shamefully not confident on mountain flora and fauna, but I’ll have a go. A: sheep (initially thought deer?); B: grouse-type beastie; C: hare; D: dog. You’re not getting anything more specific than that!

  • Paley
    8th March 2018 10:06 am

    A. Red dear
    B. Ptarmigan
    C. Mountain hare
    D. Haggis

  • Mark Bull
    8th March 2018 10:12 am

    Not very confident, but I’ll have a go:
    A: Deer, probably red
    B: Red Grouse, given the lowish altitude
    C: Hare
    D: Not, sure but the pattern suggests another hare.

  • Sophie Grace
    8th March 2018 10:21 am

    deer, grouse, mountain hare, ?stoat

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