Staying cold

14th December 2019

Another cloudy day but with slightly more visibility than yesterday. Quite chilly – minus three degrees centigrade at 1000 metres with a bitter wind. The snow cover is superficial with some deeper deposits around corrie rims and at the tops of gullies. The burn crossings were ‘interesting’ today with a covering of verglas over all the rocks – I opted for the safe option of using the rocks that were just under the water – slightly damp feet but better than the certain full body immersion that would have occurred if I’d tried to use the ice covered boulders that were just above the surface! There is ice on the paths as well.

There is a little uncertainty over snow amounts tomorrow – Areas East of Lochnagar should be mainly dry but there is potential for maybe 5-10 cm on the hills West of Glenshee. Any new deposits will drift in the fresh Westerly winds so fresh accumulations will start to form in some locations.

Not a great day for photography – cloud base at 900 metres and flat light – but there’s a small selection of photos below.

Looking SE from Stuic buttress to the slopes above Loch nan Eun.

Looking West from Stuic Buttress. Slightly deeper snow visible around the corrie rim.

Looking up the last few metres of The Stuic which is 80 metres of two starred Grade I.

Lochan na Feadaige (857m) below the Stuic just starting to freeze over.

Loch nan Eun at 892m. Not icing up yet.

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