Frozen, Icy Snowpack

26th January 2023

The snowpack is well consolidated, firm with very icy underfoot conditions, crampons are essential.

Today it was mostly dry, only the odd isolated light snow flurry above 850 metres. Winds were light North-Easterly and the freezing level was around 750 metres although there was a frost at lower levels this morning.

Northerly aspect of Stob Dearg.

Buachaille Etive Mor.

Walkers on Meall a’ Bhuiridh with no snow below 650 metres.

Good snow cover above 750 metres which is re-frozen, firm and icy.

Mountaineers approach the summit of Meall a’ Bhuirdh 1108 metres with a light dusting of new snow underfoot.

Looking northwards from Meall a’ Bhuiridh showing snow amounts at around 780 metres.

Stob Coire nan Loch between Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh.

Southerly aspect on the left has very little snow accumulations whereas the northerly aspect on the right has much more snow accumulations which are frozen and icy.

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