Gradual Thaw

12th March 2024

Today was the beginning of a gradual thaw with more significant thaw conditions and rain to come tonight. Another very misty day with limited visibility high up. The freezing level was around 1000 metres this morning rising above all summits during the afternoon.

Unfortunately the clouds never lifted above the height of the crags on Stob Coire nan Lochan so photos show the approach slopes where a slow thaw was evident. Rime was falling off rocks at around 950 metres today and climbers could be heard in the coire. While the snow surface was slightly softer than yesterday it was still very firm in places.

Thaw conditions with heavy rain overnight will further diminish the remaining snowpack. As precipitation clears rain will turn to snow followed by a colder, drier although still very windy day.

Looking towards the summit area of Stob Coire nan Lochan


The approach slopes on Stob Coire nan Lochan, the crags remained hidden from view all the time I was there.


The view from my high point today. Thaw conditions prevailed at 950 metres.


The Aonach Eagach, South facing slopes have very little snow remaining.


Buachaille Etive Beag


Stob Coire nam Beith


Deer by the path this morning.


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