16th March 2016
Quite cool temperatures walking in to Coire Ardair until the mist cleared.
(Above) Really warm in the sun throughout the rest of the day.
(Above) Photographed this at 1216pm. Most of the remaining cornices are collapse-prone after getting toasted by the sun for a few hours. This one entrained rocks and mud on its descent down Centre Post. It made quite a noise in the still air of the coire!
Quite a lot of old avalanche debris in Easy Gully. Recent evidence of several large cornice collapse events.
(Above) The ice on the lochan was more or less complete and intact today.
(Above) Much cooler in the shade on this North aspect, and significantly firmer under foot here as well. Falling ice, rocks and cornices significant issues.
Minor full depth avalanche debris from some time in the past few days. Note the waterfall upper centre left.
(Above) Quite a lot of snow is perched on steep sloping ledges of the Post Face which may well trundle down as full depth avalanches in warmer conditions. Plenty of water around at the snow/grass or rock interface, too.
(Above) A South aspect at around 2pm today; quite soft and moist snow at this time of the afternoon. A long walk carrying skis at the front and back end of any ski touring/steep skiing jaunt in present conditions.
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16th March 2016 10:17 pm
Impressive photography, sir. So it looks like South Post Direct now starts with a waterfall pitch!!! All the best and hope the sun tan is improving!
17th March 2016 8:28 am
Thanks for your comment, Douglas. Perfect conditions for photography at the moment; so much easier when not hassled by blowing snow or driving rain! Trying to avoid the ‘orange’ person look so industrial-grade sunscreen deployed to reasonable effect so far. The photo doesn’t give much indication but the waterfall is just above the opening approach to Staghorn.