Soft snow at lower levels, scoured on top.

31st January 2015

It was another day of snow showers. Below about 250 metres there is not a huge amount of snow. Between there and about 600 metres it tends to be quite deep and makes for hard going on foot (fortunately I chose a popular mountain that had a good trench up it). Above 600 metres, the snowpack is becoming progressively more affected by strong Northerly winds. Exposed areas are scoured and down to either ground or a very hard and icy layer. Lee areas are gaining significant areas of generally pretty poorly bonded windslab.

Soft snow making for hard going at 400 metres. Fortunately there was a good trail by the time I got there

Soft snow making for hard going at 400 metres. Fortunately there was a good trail by the time I got there

It was a busy day on Buacahaille Etive Beag with various groups on the hill.

It was a busy day on Buachaille Etive Beag with various groups on the hill.

Spindrift blowing on Buachaille Etive Beag. Spot the group of walkers.

Spindrift blowing on Buachaille Etive Beag. Spot the group of walkers.

Wind scouring patterns (excuse the camera strap on the bottom right)

Wind scouring patterns (excuse the camera strap on the bottom right)

Stob Coire Raineach

Stob Coire Raineach

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