So you want some snow…?

11th January 2008

Avalanche debris (top of picture) high on the SE-facing slopes of Coire Ardair

A lot of snow on the ground at ‘Meggie at the moment. Some high ground was swept clear of snow in the last storm but there’s a lot at lower levels and the bottom ends of some gullies have serious quantities.

Ski-touring is fine if all you want to do is skin up hill; descents are nightmarish in bottomless stuff with a gnarly breakable crust in many places. Avalanche Man ‘Cube’ reckons snow shoes are the perfect tool for moving around the mountains at the moment (he was post-holing in his plastic mountaineering boots today so he would say that). The track right up to the lochan in Coire Ardair is incomplete and requires several groups of public spirited trail-breakers to make it passable. Where are Plas y Brenin groups when you need them?

Slab and loose snow avalanches overnight and today on SE to S slopes triggered by a temperature spike and warmth from the sun respectively.

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