Fat Tuesday: avalanche day.
13th February 2018
(Above) A ski tour into Coire Chrannaig today to check out some low altitude avalanche debris. A view across the Coire Chrannaig birches towards a completely white Sron a Ghoire. Great cover at the moment. New snow at all levels and just enough allow skiing to and from the farmhouse.
(Above) Eye-balled this debris from the road driving to “work”. Never seen avalanche debris within Coire Chrannaig, the broad and long angled coire which rises up to the summit of Carn Liath. The crownwall above is at a little over 600m, which is very low. Some sunshine encouraged a little early consolidation in the snow here later but instability remained more profound at higher altitudes in many locations.
(Above) Up close & personal. Interesting new snow natural avalanche which slid a couple of hours prior to our visit, during the period of snowing and blowing. Part of our formal observations today was a fracture line profile at this site – details on the SAIS ‘Meggie web page. Size 1 avalanche but enough to knock you over, partially bury you and have you wondering about the purity of your underwear. Debris about 1m deep. There was another Size 1 in the coire a little further east of this one.
(Above) The approach slopes to the summit of Sron a Ghoire, showing large scale wind rippling effect on the surface and slab build up. Was pretty windy overnight – mainly South Easterly but more Westerly with morning snowfall. (Wind had been blowing left to right in the photo above).
More wind & snow in the forecast. Again.
(Contemporary secular society yadda, yadda, yadda…So just in case you’re wondering. Fat Tuesday > Mardi Gras > Shrove Tuesday)
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