A wander today Carn na h – Easgainn 616 metres and today BBC – Radio Scotland Snow and Ice – The Brainwaves program Today Wed 27 Dec radio Scotland at 1330 ! Well worth a listen !

Good morning everyone I hope to manage a short day on the hill today just off the A9 near Tomatin  Carn na h – Easgainn 616 metres, we are meeting in Inverness and we will see how my cold is. Yesterday I missed the Annual Burghead swim off the Harbour I had a memory fade that it was Boxing day. I got out on my Mountain Bike just a 30 minute trip but the wind was bitter so wrap up if out.  Thankfully  the day was saved and It had a great visit by Al and family 3 little ones in the house that was a bit of magic for me.  Today is the program I did a piece for on the radio at 1330 I may have to get it on catch up.  It looks like winter is back so if out even on a wee hill like ours for a few hours make sure you have plenty of warm gear and can navigate?



Any residual snow from overnight across the southern Pennines will soon
clear to leave all areas in a cold northerly airflow scattered snow showers
running in across northern Scotland, as well as running down the Irish
Sea into western Wales. Elsewhere, largely dry with bright winter
sunshine. Feeling cold with significant wind chill.

Northerly 30, perhaps 35-40mph Cairngorms and summits accessible from Deeside.


Will impede ease of walking on higher areas but may make walking arduous eastern and northern Cairngorms NP. Significant wind chill making it feel closer to -15C.

British Mountain Summary:
Based on forecast chart for noon 27 December, 2017
Headline for Cairngorms NP and Monadhliath
Snow showers, most widely in north. Periods of bright sunshine.

Avalanche forecast  – https://www.sais.gov.uk/

Forecast Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard

Accumulations of new snow will gradually build in steep wind sheltered locations on mostly East through South To South-Westerly aspects above 900 metres. These deposits, which overlie the old hard snowpack, will be generally limited in extent, but where achieving depth, will be moderately stable. Elsewhere snow cover will thin and stability will be good. The avalanche hazard will be Moderate

Forecast Weather Influences

Overnight and throughout the morning snow showers are expected. The freezing level will be around 400 metres throughout the forecast period. Winds moderate to strong North-Westerly.

I got this in the mail yesterday it may be worth listening to on BBC radio Scotland or on IPlayer it is about snow !!

Firstly, apologises for a group email. Thank you very much indeed for your recent help in making the Brainwaves programme on Snow and Ice. It will broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland Wednesday 27th December at 1330 GMT and is repeated the following Sunday morning at 0600 GMT.

As well as the traditional wireless, it is streamed live on the BBC Radio Scotland website – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland and will be available to listen to on the various BBC iPlayer platforms following broadcast or here on the Brainwaves webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09kf9y1

The podcast launches at 1400 GMT on Wednesdays and is available indefinitely, search for “BBC Brainwaves” wherever you get podcasts from.

After transmission I’ll send you a link to download a broadcast quality version of the programme for your own records. (Please note BBC copyright enables reproduction for educational use but prevents public republication) but please do feel free to share any of the above links on your own sites and social media.

Thank you very much indeed again for your time and help in making Brainwaves

All best wishes


Dan Holland

Producer – Brainwaves


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Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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