Chilly wind…

14th March 2021

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Storm force winds initially, eased to gale force and then became merely strong this afternoon. The wind chill was significant requiring all exposed skin to be covered. The cloud base was around 1200 metres but there were some breaks to the cloud allowing the sunlight through at times. The old snow is very firm requiring competent cramponing skills on steeper gradients. It looks like the freezing level is going to slowly rise over the next few days but doesn’t appear to be going over the highest summits.

North facing slopes above 900m holding onto snow  – Carn an t-Sagairt Mor (1047m)

 

Softer snow in this burn line from 800m. Very firm snow on the exposed slope – top right corner of shot.

 

The Beinn a’Bhuird corries are still holding snow.

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