I set out for Aonach Beag this morning at 0630 in very windy conditions with a few showers.I cycled up to the forestry road end between Aonach Mor and CMD at around 400m then headed up the west side of the mountain parallel with the chairlift.The
showers were wintry above 600m with extremely high winds as each of these showers passed through.The summit plateau walk over to the drop in point was a little blowy to say the least! Yesterdays torrential rain and high temps had wiped out almost all of the snow making the drop in nice and easy.Down at the patch site there was a fair bit of drifting snow with a little bit left from Fridays blizzards.After 20mins digging and prodding the whole area i can confirm that this patch has,as expected,gone.In October the patch site received a partial cover with most of the drifting a few metres away from the patch but today it was getting a 'direct hit' from all this spindrift.What if these events had been reversed,would the snow possibly have survived this year? Probably not.
It was a longer day than i anticipated and i will never take the gondola for granted again.
I have posted a few pics but they are much the same as the ones taken in October.
A lean year indeed with 2 survivals.Its a shame November was so remarkably mild as this patch had a good chance in an average year.
AB 27th Nov.jpg (219kB)
AB from above.jpg (127kB)