Mad March

15th March 2013

(Above) Really varied weather today: snow showers, mist, bright sun in quick succession. Quite warm in the sun, too. Post Face looking pretty wintry still with ice in most of the usual places. Forecasted freezing level 400m overnight and 300m on Saturday, with snow showers coming later in the day. Care required as we have some lingering instability where the older windslab meets the snow-ice; really easy shears in several different places above 850m on N to E aspects. New weak windslab also expected to develop later in the day on S to W aspects when the snow showers kick in.

(Above) The Min Window, the re-entrant on the right. Coire a Chriochairein on left in the background. Carn Liath plateau snow cover not complete though it is much better on the Sron a Ghoire and Creag Meagaidh side above 700m.
If you’re passing close by the remains of a stove and chimney are still (just) visible at the top of the Min Window and is all that is left of a long-extinct stalkers hut…..They were hardy folk back in the day!

(Above) Newly formed cornices definitely worth treating with respect at the moment. This little one at 920m above Shark’s Fin Gully, high above the Upper Spey, gave us one of those ‘oops!’ moments today.

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