19th January 2015
Have had a few days off. Got lucky coming back on duty when there’s a day of great weather and decent snow cover. Such a contrast to making next to no progress ploughing through deep wet snow last Thursday!
No worries at the moment with surface hoar but if we get more snowfall this stuff can act like a layer of Teflon buried in the snowpack. It can be very difficult to find during snow observations and can lie dormant for long periods if there isn’t a period of thaw to degrade it.
Localised surface snow instability showing up in quite a few places. Highly variable snow surface conditions at present: soft slab, hard slab, breakable crust, hard crust and boilerplate…. sometimes in close proximity.
Coire nan Gall: a not so remote but infrequently visited coire. Always quiet and an all but perfect analogue for the Post Face in Coire Ardair (though the top of CNG’s steep East facing crag is a little lower).
The photo above doesn’t really do justice to the scene. Reminded me of parts of Norway today.
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