A good ‘New Year’

1st January 2021

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It was freezing at all levels on New Years eve then the level rose to around 350 metres during today, it was dry with fresh Northerly winds. The snowpack stability has continued to improve in the colder temperatures and also a change of wind direction has helped too. However, some localised accumulations of moderately bonded windslab persists mainly on North to East aspects above 870 metres. All windslab instabilities are on steep sheltered terrain with gullies most affected. Cornices are fragile. The avalanche hazard is Moderate.

Southerly aspect on Meall a’ Bhuiridh the summit is the high point on the left. I wanted to look at some Southerly slopes aspects to see how much snow has been transported on to these sheltered aspects. As I expected not very much hence the low avalanche risk.

From the summit of Meall a’ Bhuiridh looking north-westwards. Most snow accumulations are on Northerly through to Easterly aspects.

Southerly aspect at 1100 metres looking Southwards.

Southerly aspect of Meall a’ Bhuiridh.

Looking at Creise, Clach Leathad is out of shot to the left.

Looking across the Rannoch Moor towards Perthshire.

The Bridge of Orchy hills in the distance.

The 3 sisters of Glencoe looking fine on New Years day.

Lairig Eilde with Beinn Fhada on the right.

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