April 1st. 250m. Full winter cover. No joking.
1st April 2015
The weather making a fool of the calendar.
And the rest of the day…..
Hard going on the path from where the birch trees ends at 450m: 30cm of newly drifted snow with 50cm in places.
Dropped thigh-deep into that. Deep newly drifted snow has obliterated the course of the main Coire Ardair path and drifted over the drainage ditches that run parallel to it. The personal ‘memory map’ of the path works fine right up the point where you just miscalculate a tad and one of your feet drops into oblivion!
Heavy drifting on all lee slopes and access often very difficult. Poor visibility above 650m right through the morning.
Snowfall expected to continue until early evening (Weds) though drifting at higher altitudes will extend into the early hours of Thursday when winds eventually ease. Dry snow instability will persist right through Thursday on all shaded lee slopes, with wet snow instability possible on slope aspects exposed to sustained solar warming. All new cornices will be large, weak and collapse-prone.
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