A snow book, northern Scotland

Posted by & filed under Books, Mountains & hills, Science, December 22 2011.

Adam Watson has been continuously observing and collecting data about snow in the north-east of Scotland (and particularly in the Cairngorm mountains) since the 1930s, and this important book represents the culmination of that activity. It will have a strong claim in the future to being the standard reference work in the discipline of research… Read more »

Using GIS techniques to analyse and model the topographical environment and dependencies of long-lasting snowpatch locations in the Scottish mountains

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, December 7 2011.

One of my pet interests is the study of long-lasting (and sometimes ‘perennial’) snowpatches in the Scottish mountains. I have written many previous postings on my blog on this subject (see a list of these on my website here). The question of what factors affect the longevity of snowpatches in the Scottish mountains through the… Read more »

Environmental Awareness course

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, July 26 2011.

Last weekend I attended an Environmental Awareness course at Glenmore Lodge, as part of my preparation for the ML award. Our group was lucky enough to get Keith Miller as an instructor for the weekend, who is a real expert on the environment of the Scottish mountains (he wrote the Invertebrate Life chapter in the… Read more »

The Allt a’ Mharcaidh catchment, Sgr Gaoith and the highest tree in the British Isles (possibly)

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, April 26 2011.

A month ago I travelled to the Cairngorms for a high-level walk around the Allt a’ Mharcaidh catchment. The Allt a’ Mharcaidh is a relatively small river in the north-western Cairngorm mountains and is a tributary of the Spey, joining it at Kincraig via the river Feshie. The catchment (or drainage basin, or watershed) of… Read more »

Cool Britannia

Posted by & filed under Books, Mountains & hills, Science, February 24 2011.

Iain Cameron (with whom I visited a long-lasting snowpatch on Aonach Mr last October, see the blog posting ‘Autumn snowfields in Lochaber‘) and Adam Watson have just written a book together, called ‘Cool Britannia‘. This book is a welcome guide for anyone interested in the little-known area (although now coming to more public prominence after… Read more »

The Scottish mountains: on the glacial ‘knife-edge’

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, February 16 2011.

Something I’ve always been interested in are the environmental conditions that are required for glaciers to form. Glaciers are often associated with high mountains and polar areas, and the major environmental factors that influence their existence are long-term climate trends (e.g. precipitation, average air temperatures and prevailing wind direction), latitude and altitude, and local topography… Read more »

Autumn snowfields in Lochaber

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, November 1 2010.

Three weeks ago I travelled to Lochaber to walk to the summit of Aonach Mr. The purpose of the trip was to locate an area on the mountain which contains a long-lasting snowpatch from last winter. I’ve visited similar areas in the Cairngorm mountains many times (see several previous blog postings and my website page… Read more »

Summer ice in rock fissures and caves

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, September 10 2010.

I’ve written a lot in my blog postings about snowfields that persist in mountainous regions at high altitudes into the summer months (and beyond), but there is a related phenomenon that I have only recently become aware of, and that is of winter ice persisting into the summer months in rock fissures (or fractures) and… Read more »

Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms (4)

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, August 27 2010.

During my recent 2-day trip to Ben Macdui I took the opportunity to have a look and see what snowpatches are still surviving in the vicinity of the summit of Ben Macdui. This follows on from my trip to the Cairn Gorm – Ben Macdui plateau in early July (see the blog posting ‘Summer snowfields… Read more »

Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms (3)

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, July 9 2010.

For the past few years I’ve made summer trips to the Cairn Gorm – Ben Macdui plateau in the summer months to check on the snowpatches that remain at high altitudes on the plateau (see the previous blog postings ‘Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms (2)‘, from August 2009 and ‘Summer snowfields in the Cairngorms‘ from… Read more »