…….meanwhile elsewhere, the local news.

1st April 2017

(Above) Looking towards the far end of Coire Ardair. The snow cover is in full recession now. Major patches above 800m with ribbons of snow in some gullies down to 700m. A showery day with occasional brighter interludes in the morning and much warmer later.

 

(Above) Cornices still an issue but only in a few places. Not so easy to see here above Bellevue Buttress in Coire Ardair, but a significant cornice line remains in place. Plenty of fairly recent cornice debris here and there too.

 

(Above) Bellevue Buttress again, with the well-defined cornice line now obvious. Wouldn’t want to be wandering too near the edge of any slumped or otherwise cornices if out hillwalking on the plateau during the better weather. The projected overnight frost will help arrest their tendency to collapse spontaneously but won’t make them solid. For the time being best given a wide berth from above and below.

 

(Above) Raeburn’s Gully, above the lochan in Coire Ardair.

 

(Above) Easy Gully, below the Post Face of Coire Ardair. Full-on waterfalls in all the traditional Post Face gully routes.

 

(Above) Detail of Easy Gully showing not very clearly the chunky debris from a recent minor full depth avalanche. It emanated from the inclined slabs on the left side, adjacent to the waterfall in the centre of shot.

 

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