19th February 2019
(Above) Looking into Easy Gully en route to the Inner Coire. Group of six or so mountaineers visible in the gully enjoying a little winter sport. The Post Face – to the right – looms over Easy Gully. The entrance to Easy Gully is still quite bouldery.
(Above) The approach slopes to The Window. An enormous amount of rocks and boulders still visible here at this stage of the winter season. This east-facing location just below 950m is normally well banked out with snow.
(Above) L to R: ‘The Wand’ and ‘Diadem’, close to the previous shot. Some ice still present here but will it survive the forthcoming thaw? Falling ice and rocks potential hazards in the vicinity of the crags as thaw conditions take hold once more.
There’s 17mm of rainfall forecast for our area for the 24hr period from midnight onwards. Some snow ahead of that too so there’s going to be a period of poor stability overnight as the snow transitions abruptly to rain and very mild temperatures – freezing level rising quickly to 2000m.
Wet snow instability expected to persist for a time during the day as well. Cornices? Well, cornices – egged on by gravity – are going to do what cornices do best in very wet & mild conditions…. Yeah, gravity sucks. (No really, gravity actually does suck. A revisionist scientist wrote about it on Breitbart News Network so it must be true. Isaac Newton, eat your heart out.)
Executive summary: Wednesday will be a poor quality mountain day.
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