Storm Abigail brought with it the first substantial snowfall this season, giving the mountains their first winter coat, down to about 600m or so. Winter has arrived in the Scottish Highlands! Quite a few folk made the most of this early season wintry snap with mixed routes having been climbed in the Northern Corries of the Cairngorms over east, and on the high crags of Ben Nevis and Bidean nam Bian on the west coast.
It’s a bit warmer and wetter today, which will wash most of the recent fresh snow away, however, there is plenty of snow and a cold spell in the pipeline towards the end of the week and into the weekend. It’s looking like a very promising start to the season!
Phil Thompson was out in the Mamores yesterday and reported:
“Yesterday we went up Stob Ban via col and then up East Ridge. I broke trail in up to 25cm of drifts. The normal summer exit from the East Ridge where it meets the summit was totally filled in so took a detour right to avoid floundering in powder ! ” 3:45hr car to car.
Thanks to Phil for the report and photos.
Meanwhile, Han was also out, leading a group up the mountain track to the summit of Ben Nevis, for Atlas Mountaineering. She encountered soft snow all the way, and so the group didn’t need to use crampons or an ice axe. There was plenty of rime on the summit cairn and shelter.
If you’ve been out walking, mountaineering or climbing, then feel free to drop us an email: [email protected] with your trip report, which we can then include in our blog posts.