Further thaw

6th March 2015

The snowpack at lower altitudes is getting stripped back by the thaw.  Both the West face of Aonach Dubh and the South flank of the Aonach Eagach were looking very bare.  It was heavy going once you hit the snow, walking up into Coire nan Lochan, as the snowpack was so soft.  Cresting the rise into the base of the corrie, I heard the rumble of an avalanche release and soon sighted debris which I assumed were from the same event.  Visibility was poor but the debris seemed to have come from the area of North Gully – it had flowed well down towards the base of the corrie.  There were nearby blocks from collapsed cornices so I assumed this avalanche had been triggered in the same way.

The West face of Aonach Dubh looked very patchy this morning

The West face of Aonach Dubh looked very patchy this morning

The snow level on the path up to Coire nan Lochan has eased up in the thaw

The snow level on the path up to Coire nan Lochan has eased up in the thaw

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