Took a trip up Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag yesterday to have a look at what was left. Reports had come through that Aonach Mor had gone (that is, not visible from below). Also, it had been a few weeks since anyone had reported on Aonach Beag.
Firstly, Aonach Mor has almost
gone! Still a tiny patch remaining at Pro Talus (see here: [www.flickr.com
] click on the "All Sizes" tag at the top of the photograph to get a larger version, by-the-way). The tiny patch of new snow in this photograph is visible to the right of the old snow.
I estimate the size of this tiny patch to be around 2m long, so there's very little chance it will survive, unless we get a dump in the next couple of days. This patch sits in the Pro Talus hollow, so is invisible from below. Very glad that I ventured up there, as it gives a more accurate melt date.
No sign at all of the two patches from last year: [www.flickr.com
Aonach Beag, however, is a certainty to survive. Given all the melting that happened in July and August I was fearful for its survival. No fear now! The patch seems to have shrunk little in the last month. Comparing it to snowpatch95's picture from 22nd September [forum.winterhighland.info
], it has lost little of its length and width: [www.flickr.com
Depth in the middle somwhere around the 3m mark, with a nice 2m+ bergschrund at the side: [www.flickr.com
A few more photos on my Flickr account can be viewed here: [www.flickr.com
A very interesting thing happened when I was photographing the patch on Aonach Beag, and may go a way to explaining why this spot gathers so much snow. Just as I was taking the last snap, it started snowing quite heavily. It seemed to be getting whipped down from above the cliff-face. This was unusual as the temperature was too high at this patch for snow (around 6 celcius). It was as if the snow was being forced down from above so quickly that it didn't have time to melt. Perhaps this happens to a much greater extent in winter, explaining the volumes of snow that accumulate there?
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 07.03hrs Sun 19 Oct 08 by firefly.