Wind transport, avalanches & large cornices

16th February 2014

(Above) Carn Liath plateau area. Great complete cover…with some early sunshine, too. New avalanche debris in Coire nan Gall – far left coire in the photo.

(Above) Two minor cornice triggered avalanches in Balloon Gully at 760m – quite low. The debris coalesced in the bottom of the gully.

(Above) South aspect gully had been cross-loaded by strong westerly winds. Old avalanche debris has been drifted over in the bottom of the photo.

(Above) Coire Chriochairein – photo taken on the return back to Aberarder. Large cornice-triggered avalanche observed here with debris just visible; crownwall estimated to be 1m deep. The crownwall drifted over and all but disappeared within 30 minutes. Today’s observations were taken in this coire…..atmospheric!

(Above) Mass wind transport of snow today without snowfall. Often very bright conditions but the Creag Meagaidh summit plateau and upper end of Coire Ardair & Inner Coire in mist for most of the day.

(Above) Wee man (just visible) at 850m on the Sron a Ghoire plateau going for the summit & battling the wind and spindrift. The direct approach to Sron a Ghoire from Aberarder Farmhouse is an untracked, full-on, postholing-fest above 600m. Respect, wee man…respect.

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