Mary Poppins

4th May 2013

(Above) Spindrift. 

Doesn’t really give a good enough impression of the amount that poured off the crags in the Inner Coire today. It cascaded down at times.

Much more snow today than forecast with heavy drifting above 900m during the morning. It was a fine looking day when I arrived at Aberarder but the rain soon kicked in with persistent snow above 700m.

The Inner Coire is distinctly ‘atmospheric’ at the moment with old, deep and extensive avalanche & cornice debris emanating from all three sides of the corrie that slid off sometime during last week. More fresh activity today as well from ‘Cinderella’: both dry snow spontaneous events, one after another. New crownwall of a dry slab avalanche also spotted in Coire Chriochairein, just visible as the gloom lifted briefly on the way out.

Becoming warm and wet overnight so expecting the avalanche cycle on N to SE aspects to continue overnight and into Sunday.

(Above) The Pumpkin today. 
Health Warning! Not recommended because of the impending meltdown, avalanches and collapsing cornices.
(Above) The Wand and Diadem. 
Stronger health warning here because of these routes’ enhanced exposure to impending avalanche and cornice collapse. 

(Dare I say that there are some” weird-looking” ice ‘umbrellas’ visible on The Wand..? Polite notice to journalists, especially those of the tabloid variety: this is not really a viable news story! It might be of mild interest to those who’ve climbed the route and noticed similar features before…..let’s not get too excited about this….I got enough flak last time!)

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