Beinn a Chaorainn snowfest

18th March 2020

(Above) Looking back down the ‘main drag’ up through the forest en route to Beinn a Chaorainn. That depth of snow was pretty consistent most of the way through the forest above 450m. Skis would have been handy for access today. Why didn’t I think of that? Bright at times during the morning but much poorer visibility and considerably colder during snow showers later.


(Above) Showers closed in and became persistent for a time in the afternoon. Followed the tracks made by these two guys, seen here embarking on the early part of Beinn a Chaorainn’s East Ridge.


(Above) Avalanche activity today in Beinn a Chaorainn’s east-facing coires during the morning and around midday. No surprise given the weather and drifting that had been going on. Older cornice debris also a feature. The cornices high on the rims of this mountain’s coires are mahoosive at the moment and a real hazard when navigating off the mountain in bad weather.


(Above) Looking south from Beinn a Chaorainn’s East Ridge. The coires of Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn in the far distance.


(Above) Homeward leg. The view SW across Loch Laggan and its dam with left to right Stob Ban, Sgurr Innse and the eastern-most end of the Grey Coires.

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