Still snowing and very wintry at all levels today. Sleet and rain at sea-level, but loads of new snow and strong winds aloft. There must be plenty of ice forming but a break in the weather is needed to access it. Avalanches will undoubtedly be threatening open slopes and gullies for the next few days, so buttress and ridge climbs at a lower altitude would be advisable. The Douglas Boulder area springs to mind but the wind strength may not allow that either. No doubt the Ice Factor will be doing a roaring trade! The road over Rannoch Moor was shut at one point today. Keep an eye on Travel Scotland for possible road closures due to drifting snow.
And this from Tom Starks.
A quick update for you. Had thought about trying a solo ascent of Curved Ridge today but in light of the forecast winds took an amble up the zigzags on Gear Aonach and continued up the NE ridge of Stob Coire Nan Lochan,over the top and back down into the corrie.Things looking a whole lot more wintry! Plenty of snow,rocks and cracks getting well iced up at altitude and rime building up too.Movement relatively easy in snow,only few deep drifts but if this snow continues there will be a lot of powder making things rather difficult.High winds over the top made for a very careful descent around the top of the corrie.From a conversation with another walking party I gather Dorsal Arete had been soloed and another party had backed off Raeburns Original Route.I saw signs of an ascent of one of the gullies on the extreme right-not sure that this seemed sensible, lots of fresh snow blown into all gullies and cornices building.I did hear a massive rumble when at the top of SCNL(from the Bidean direction I think),not sure if it was thunder or something avalanching but it seemed to go on for quite some time!
Attached a few shots from today.
Hoping that this the excellent start to the winter that you were commenting on, be nice to have a go at something more challenging with Spike another time if conditions are conducive.
Many thanks again and all the best this season
Thanks very much Tom.