Drifting Deposits

6th February 2018

After some overnight snow I only experienced one snow shower first thing this morning and the day improved to be really quite stunning. The winds were locally much stronger than expected with constant drifting above 800 metres on Buachaille Etive Beag. As you can see from the photo below the ridge is starting to develop a cornice and the SE slopes were accumulating windslab deposits. B.E.B was a popular location today with lots of mountaineers heading up there making it very sociable despite the cold temperatures and significant windchill.

More snow is forecast tomorrow, especially in the afternoon, and this will complicate the windslab distribution pattern. It might be one of those times when an early start/early finish gives the best day out….

Beautifully carved snow on the corniced ridge of Buachaille Etive Beag

 

Wind erosion – a sign that the snow has been redistributed into a more wind sheltered location

 

A Tale of Two Aspects: Scoured on the NW, Loaded on the SE. Fuzziness on right of photo is spindrift.

 

A colourful group of mountaineers out on Buachaille Etive Beag.

 

Stob Coire nan Lochain & Stob Coire Sgreamach with Bidean hiding in the cloud.

 

Step kicking required on wind scoured areas

 

Looking along the ridge on Buachaille Etive Beag. Fresh windslab on the SE aspect.

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