A cold, clear day.

8th January 2021

Covid -19

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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.

It was a cold night with another heavy frost at all levels, the freezing level remained at sea level all day. Overnight, summit temperatures were minus 9 degrees celsius and during today they only lifted to minus 8.6 degrees.  The winds were light Northerlies and it stayed dry throughout. The cold conditions have maintained localised accumulations of windslab in sheltered locations mostly on North to Easterly aspects above 900 metres. Areas mostly affected are steep wind sheltered locations such as gullies, steep coire headwalls and gully exits. At lower elevations the snowpack is generally be stable. Cornices are fragile. The avalanche hazard is Moderate.

Looking at the West face of Aonach Dubh with the summit of Stob coire nan Lochan above it, the high peak on the right is Bidean nam Bian 1150 metres.

Buachaille Etive Beag on the left with the three sisters beyond. The Aonach Eagach ridge on the right.

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