An Cearcallach full depth avalanches
23rd March 2015
The view from the A86 of one of the An Cearcallach full depth avalanches.
These events are probably from the last full depth avalanche cycle we had on the 10th to 11th March. An Cearcallach has a corrie immediately to the East of the summit and crags which ski-tourers often use as a descent route when coming off the Creag Meagaidh plateau. The corrie holds a lot of snow and is often a great ski! (Safest descents avoiding cornices are always on the far eastern end of the corrie.)
Big avalanche! Good Size 3. Ran over a bench and then onto the corrie floor 300+m below.
Crownwall estimated to be 5m high in places and 100m wide overall including flanks. Note the secondary slab release to the left.
Steep! Plenty of rocks, earth and heather entrained.
Blocks approx 2m x 3m.
The view down to Loch Laggan from above the ‘bench’.
The coire below An Cearcallach. Some very large and still thawing cornices in our area.
Quite a few Scottish ‘bergshrunds’ opening up behind larger cornice lines.
Second full depth avalanche in the coire below An Cearcallach.
Full depth avalanche in the Moy Corrie. Probably cornice triggered.
Solitary mature tree (centre of shot) at 600m at the entrance to the Moy Corrie.
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