21st January 2018
(Above) An early start on ski from Aberarder was the best option today – forecastÂ for deteriorating conditions, with high winds on the tops
(Above) Not so many out and about today (unsurprisingly) – a couple of ski tourers making their way up Sron (slog) a Ghoire…. careful and localised slope selection needed today as windslab was building fast on lee aspects – I got a slope release at a test site on some convex terrain, just to the left of the 2 skiers.
(Above) Fresh windslab cracking readily underfoot
(Above)Â Some good instability clues around today – I remember ignoring one of theseÂ many moons ago in CoireÂ an t- Sneachda -Â before being picked up and dusted offÂ not long afterwards by our ‘Man in Torridon’, then an instructor at Glenmore Lodge . He and his group had watched in puzzlement the descent of man and rucksack piling out ofÂ the gullyÂ above them Â – only to witness the rucksack then get up and run away! With much mirth he recounts the factÂ the rucksackÂ turned out to be my dog.Â Â Nothing like a good road test to help make your mind up on route selection!Â No such testing needed for me these daysÂ – big cracks, sweeping out across a slope easily good enough………home!
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