Saturday, 15 December 2007

Today's photo's are of Search dog "Millie", with Heather Morning (Cairngorm Ranger) and Kathy (avalanche observer). Also a view of Alladin's and Fiacaill buttress in Coire an t-Sneachda, and views across to Loch and Carn Etchachan.

It's been a great weekend so far in the Cairngorms. We've had unusual conditions where although summit temperatures have been well above freezing even during the night, the snow has become frozen and hard. Apparently this is due to a very low humidity in the atmosphere combined with a high water density in the snowpack which gradually vaporises into the atmosphere leading to cooler snow. This amazing science has been sent to us by mother nature resulting in nice climbing conditions on some of the easier grade routes. There were a few people out today in the Northern Corries making the most of things. The forecast is set to be very similar over the next few days as the blocking high sits out to the North East.

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