October and November were very dry months for us here on the west coast. The last bit of snow we had was a light dusting on Friday night which came down to about 900m or so. We have had some very cold frosty mornings since and beautiful weather. The weekend gave us two very nice days and Tommy and Kieron from Jottnar were up for a bit of winter climbing. They went for the classic Tower Ridge which certainly felt quite wintry. The fresh snow made the rocks white but little rime has been growing due to there being light winds. The climbing did not require crampons but any day on Tower Ridge is a good day and this was a very good day!
At long last it looks like we have a big change in the weather starting tomorrow night. The high pressure system that seems to have been with us for a month will move east over the continent allowing a succession of low pressure systems to move across Scotland. It's going to rain! However, we need precipitation to get some more snow and now the ground is very cold any snow will stay with us. It looks like we'll have a few warm days but just like Dolly Parton says, "If you want a rainbow, you gotta put up with a bit of rain"!
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