Avalanches aren’t the only hazards
31st March 2018
I headed onto Buachaille Etive Mor via Coire na Tulaich today. There were quite a few hillwalkers doing the same thing and judging by the busy carparks most of the peaks in Glencoe were busy today. Of the parties that I saw or spoke to the majority made the decision to turn back. The main reason for this was due to the hard icy nature of the snowpack and the steepness of the Coire headwall. Contributing factors were lack of equipment, mainly crampons and ice axe, and lack of experience in these conditions. It is always hard to make that decision to turn back, particularly on a nice day, however it was almost certainly a good decision as the consequences of a slip, trip or fall were serious and potentially fatal. A fast slide downhill with rocks below is definitely best avoided.
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