25th March 2021

Covid -19
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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
(Above) Looking east from close to the summit of The Window in the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair. 950m cloudbase giving a gloomy, overcast day. A sprinkling of fresh snow down to 750m with deeper drifts above 900m. It rained up to near summit level later in the morning.
(Above) Wet slab avalanche debris below The Pipes in the Inner Coire. Quick transition to light rain and milder temperatures after snow fall and drifting sparked off some avalanche activity this morning. This small size 1 avalanche ran out 150m and was about 10m wide at its widest point.
(Above) Same deal in Raeburn’s Gully in Coire Ardair. Another size 1 event this one running out down the middle of the snow covered talus fan after being channelled by the narrow gully. The debris ran out over the top of much older avalanche debris.
Much colder and more wintry weather in the forecast. Expecting the moist surface snow to refreeze but be overlain by new weak windslab on steeper N to E aspects above 900m. However, general snow distribution is still quite poor and limited to larger patches above 800m.

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