24th January 2015
Really wintry today with occasional bright intervals. A lot of snow was blowing around and accumulating, too. Most steep lee areas are now well loaded with deep windslab.
Stunning cover of snow, of course. Met two ski-tourers after they’d ripped down from the col on Sron a Ghoire, whooping all the way! They picked an excellent, safe line, pointed their skis and blitzed all the way down to the indistinct LandRover track, making turns whenever & wherever.
Haven’t seen cover here this good for ages. However, Sunday’s weather is looking really unpromising with projected summit temperatures of +2 degrees C. and rainfall. There’s always a flipside to Scottish winter weather!
Collapsing cornices also an issue in the forthcoming thaw and wet period
(or should I be calling them ‘killer cornices’?). See this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30956280. (Pretty sure Heather Morning didn’t request that headline. It’s an issue the mountaineering audience it’s aimed at already understands, so there’s really no need for media headline writers to ‘sex it up’. Just my 2 cents….)
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