When in a hole….
19th March 2020
(Above) Creag Meagaidh’s Post Face and Easy Gully on the left. Lots of snow around at present; with the crags fairly well plastered. Bowls at the top end looking loaded up today
(Above) Again large chunks of cornice littering the slopes; often these can give the impression of a major avalanche event, pulling out sections of surface snow they as they go. Whilst the cornice collapse in itself is not classified as an avalanche per se – they are often the trigger responsible for releasing small surface slides, or even small slab release events on the pathway below, sometimes with associated small crown and staunch wall features. The cornice sections can release at different times giving the impression of a single large event.
NB The cornice collapse a fickle animal and is not part of our ‘avalanche stability’ forecast or ‘hazard scale’ – that said …..if recently formed and large then they are unlikely to be stable – certainly be an issue if you’re under them and they fall down!!
(Above) Plenty of ski tourers out and about today – good way to get around , at present, as on foot the snow is pretty soft – especially at lower elevations and you’ll be ‘post hole’ plugging as you go.
(Above) Ski tourers making good progress into Coire Ardair
(Above) ‘Post Hole Plugger’ at work
(Above) Top tip! When in a hole (snow) – keep digging……
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