Lochnagar

24th February 2012

Parking up above Crathie (approaching Lochnagar from the North) the corrie and the snow look a long way away. Temperatures of 16c in Ballater during the week have taken their toll.
Last Friday the loch in the corrie was well frozen. Today a gale force westerly wind was blowing the remaining ice onto the shore.

On a positive note there are still complete gullies in the corrie. Looking into The Black Spout (below). Walking in from the North side there is a good view directly into Raeburn’s Gully but we could not reach agreement as to whether it was still complete at the chockstone. What snow remains in the corrie had firmed up overnight.

When working on the snow profile a bum bag is really useful (especially in bad weather) for all the bits and pieces. Here our Canadian Senior Forecaster proudly displays his “fanny pack”, a gift from the organisers of the Vassaloppet 90km cross country ski race in Sweden.

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