No such thing as a dull day.
9th March 2020
(Above) Can it be said that there’s never a dull day at Creag Meagaidh? (Editor: You might say that but I’m keeping my own counsel on that particular issue.) Wasn’t expecting much, given the mildish temperatures, leaden skies (but mercifully dry overhead conditions) this morning. Widespread single point releases in Coire Chriochairein (above) piqued my interest.
(Above) Not such a dull day after all. A couple of full depth avalanches on Pinnacle Buttress – the one sandwiched between Raeburn’s Gully and Easy Gully. The release zone denoted by the yellow box for the slightly larger slide. Not that surprising given recent milder temperatures at low altitude + the amount of snow on the innumerable steep benches on the crags in upper Coire Ardair. Both slid out from around 800m some time this morning, I think.
(Above) Relatively mild temperatures meant the boot packing up to the Min Window was in moist soft snow up to and beyond 950m. The forecasted cooler temperatures and snowfall didn’t kick in until some time after midday. The more or less complete panorama of the crags of upper Coire Ardair today.
Expecting some overnight wet snow instability as the freezing level rises to 1400m. Cooler with some snow showers and stronger winds later in the morning.
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