The Hill We Climb

24th January 2021

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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.

(Above) Full cover at Creag Meagaidh at the moment. Crusty areas interspersed with windblown snow (windslab at higher altitudes) in many places. Easiest travel on skis away on from the beaten (pisted) path at the moment. Lingering, persistent instability on steep NE to SE aspects today and expected to be a feature on Monday as well.


(Above) The Hill We Climb. Coire Chriochairein – south and south east aspects on display here. Quite a lot of fairly recent avalanche and cornice debris (from the last day or two) below many slopes and gullies in this coire. Group of ski tourers at play just visible in the photo. Quite sensibly they didn’t go much higher and just did laps up/down to the main Coire Ardair path. Large cornices over many very steep aspects in our neck of the woods right now.


(Above) Avalanche and cornice debris below one of the ESE aspects in the coire; crownwall just visible.


(Above) Looking out of Coire Chriochairein towards Raeburn’s Gully and Pinnacle Buttress. Nice cruisy turns in cold dry snow in the bottom of the coire.

‘The Hill We Climb’. Blog post title shamelessly lifted from a poem declaimed by 23yr old Amanda Gorman – a shimmering new talent – at the recent US Inauguration Ceremony in front of the Capitol building in Washington. Amanda Gorman’s transformative poem was beautifully delivered and is a beacon of light for our Americans cousins after 4 years in dark shadow. It’s an uplifting 5 minutes. Link here:

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