11th December 2020
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service would recommend that those wishing to enjoy the winter mountains refer to Mountaineering Scotland and Scottish Government advice regarding Covid-19 and outdoor activities.
(Above) Lochan a Choire with the crags of the Post Face largely obscured. Thankfully, a dry first forecasting day to start the 2020/21 winter season here at Creag Meagaidh. But (and there’s always a but…) it was gloomy above 700m due to the very low and dense cloud cover. Wandered up into the Inner Coire and could barely see the crags mid-morning though it did appear to clear later when making my way back down the Coire Ardair path to Aberarder.
(Above) North facing aspects above the lochan in Coire Ardair. The skyline here is around 1050m. Snow build up not the best here but it is better on E aspects up high, more so on SE facing places where the snow cover is deeper and more extensive. The last significant snowfall was carried on NW winds. Some old (and historic) cornice and avalanche debris is present below some very steep NE to E aspects above 950m. One or two of our principal gully lines have snow in them but snow cover and depth in their lower reaches is a bit sketchy now.
We’re all trying to be Covid compliant here at SAIS Creag Meagaidh and since the main drag up into Coire Ardair is pretty narrow best advice is to step aside and give other path users a good 2m clearance. The public toilets at Aberarder farmhouse are open, for the time being, so if using them please use scrupulous hand hygiene upon entering and leaving them. It’s possible that SNH might close the toilets at short notice due to the very real risk of Covid transmission. If so, Mountaineering Scotland have a good leaflet giving guidance for those who ‘feel the urge’ whilst out and about in the mountains. Here: https://www.mountaineering.scot/assets/contentfiles/pdf/where-to-go-leaflet.pdf
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