Nice winter’s day but snowpack instabilities persist……

29th December 2020

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It has remained cold, freezing at all levels overnight then rising to around 300 metres. Deposits of unstable windslab persist in wind sheltered locations mainly on North-West through North to Easterly aspects above 840 metres. Some localised instabilities are present in other sheltered locations. Areas mostly affected are steep wind sheltered locations such as gullies, steep coire headwalls and gully exits. Cornices are fragile. Elsewhere, there is mainly a superficial covering of snow which is generally stable. The avalanche hazard is Considerable.

Diamond and Church buttresses seen in the v of the photo on Bidean nam Bian.

Stob coire nan Lochan.

Stob Dearg on Buachaille Etive Mor.

Buachaille Etive Mor.

Blackrock cottage.

Young Red Deer.

Forecaster at work, Mountain Equipment keeping him dry and warm.

Easy shears in windslab deposits.

 

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