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Oh well, that's the fickle nature of winter climbing!! ;-)
Fingers Ridge will definitely be in condition...
Lots of short icefalls - 3-10m - in hollows and east facing slopes with frozen water courses and inch thick ice on the paths at times. Dusting of snow and grauples on the hollows. Lawers and more cover.
Absolutely nothing on Hellvellyn but lots of frozen ground and frost, tiny bits of ice forming on the eastern cliffs and the eastern coves turf is semi frozen to frozen in places, shame it's warming up tomorrow would be a nice base for when the white stuff arrives.
I saw the Norries a couple of hours ago and the crags were completely stripped.
You must have seen a different forecast to me!
was driving back up the A9 tonight and car was reading 10 degrees C.
Everything now really depends on where exactly the freezing level is over the next few days when the low pressure system passes; it could be an excellent gradual build up or teasing frustration with winter just 200m above the summits and a wet autumn below that.
A nice top up of snow last night in the hills around inverness, melting during the day though. This cycle may well repeat itself this week. As long as the precipitation falls at night it will be useful.
It could be time to dust off the weapons for some combat this weekend if it holds up (or i may just walk about for 6hrs with a heavy sack!)
I got the days mixed up and thought you were talking about Sunday which did not look or in fact turn out great.
Has anyone got a glimpse of the Norries today?
It's stuck to my browser! I was interested if there was hoar or rime on the crags. This one is good for suggestions of loads of places, but there are dead links: http://www.needlesports.com/catalogue/content.aspx?con_id=4823e0bb-b14a-4258-a777-9c9e00a66a88
I like this too: http://www.snow-forecast.com/maps/dynamic/scotland?hr=18 though it is snowing in Inverness at the moment.
> Has anyone got a glimpse of the Norries today?
Conditions are good! I'm just back from a quick Fingers Ridge. The cliff is white (but not plastered), turf frozen and even some ice in the grooves high up.
Sounds good in the west too. Great in the east with sun, frost and no wind!!!
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Looking from spean bridge/Roy bridge yesterday, Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor looked very white quite low down. Probably not very consolidated but better than the east.
However my work weather alert this morning tells me snow is settling on the A9 Ralia-Drumochter right now.
Certainly looked liked winter to me on Helvellyn today!
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