23rd February 2019

It was a very windy day with the mountain bike getting dumped a lot lower down the track than hoped but having fallen off into one ditch this week, I didn’t fancy getting blown into another one. So it was Shanks’ pony….and even on foot there were some pretty powerful down slope gusts. Luckily by the time I reached the loch you could see the gusts coming as they whipped up the surface of the loch in warning. Apologies some of the photos might be a bit blurred around the edges as it was hard to hold still in the wind… It was pretty mild – plus 4.3 degrees centigrade at 950 metres so the surface layers of the remaining snow were soft and thawing. As you can see from the photos, the snow has stripped right back to just under the crags and in the main easy gully lines. Weather wise, it will be more of the same tomorrow but the winds will be lighter, especially in the morning. Enjoy!

The surface of the loch was being whipped up by the very strong and gusty winds

Tough-Brown Face on left, Black Spout Pinnacle centre, West Buttress on right.

Some ice still visible in Parallel Gully A**

Looking across to the absolute classic, Raeburn’s Gully****

Looking up Black Spout, pretty dirty old snow now.

Looking across from the crag apron to Meikle Pap (980m)

Choppy conditions on Lochnagar

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