After the storm
1st February 2015
Much quieter day today, thankfully. A few periods of bright sunshine (with just a little warmth in it, too) but cold in the shade and at higher altitudes. Peak period of instability was overnight and into the early hours. During the day those south-facing slopes soaked up just enough solar radiation to bring a little consolidation to the surface layers of the deep windslab – most pronounced below 750m. Instability still present in deeper layers, though. Lots of evidence today of heavy scouring and cross-loading (on the same aspects, often side by side) from yesterday’s stormy weather.
Hard going if you’re on foot. Several walkers, and a couple sporting snowshoes, broke trail up the Coire Ardair ‘path’ today, though their track deviated into the deep snowy heather and drainage ditches at times. Not easy finding the actual path given the amount and depth of snow we have in most places. Skis definitely the travel mode of choice at the moment.
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