Another Fine Day.

18th January 2015

It was another fine winters day in Glen Coe. Unusually for the Coe there is good cover right down to the road. My initial plan was abandoned due to the various parking spots being full of snow and/or cars. Instead we skinned up to point 903, just to the West of Sron a Choire Odhair-Bhig. This provided some great skiing on the way back down.

On the tops the North wind was cold, but was not strong enough to cause significant redistribution of the snowpack. The avalanche situation remains roughly unchanged,  with areas of unstable slab about. With the cold conditions forecast to continue, strong temperature gradients within the snowpack will encourage the formation of facets and therefore weaknesses within the snowpack. In fact I thought I could see the very first hints of faceting today,  and this will be something I will be keeping an eye out for al long as the conditions remain cold.

The Aoanch Eagach ridge catching the morning sunshine.

The Aoanch Eagach ridge catching the morning sunshine.

The snowsuit site with Ben a Chrulaiste and the Ranch Moor beyond.

The snowpit site with Ben a Chrulaiste and the Rannoch Moor beyond.

Looking over to Stob Coire Nan Lochan

Looking over to Stob Coire Nan Lochan

Looking West to Sron Garbh, Meall Dearg and the Aonach Eagach ridge beyond.

Looking West to Sron Garbh, Meall Dearg and the Aonach Eagach ridge beyond.

Heading down. There was good if slightly adventurous skiing right back down to the road.

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