The road less travelled.

2nd April 2021

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(Above) Cornices above the east-facing coire closest to the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn. East Ridge in profile nearest the camera. Still a few of these cantilevers of snow around though many elsewhere are slumped or partially collapsed. Expected another bluebird day today but had to settle for high cloud throughout.
(Above) Looking east from the broad shoulder that links Beinn a Chaorainn to Creag Meagaidh.  Creag Meagaidh summit just in cloud. Bealach a Bharnish (out of sight) is the bealach that divides the two. Snow cover on the Creag Meagaidh plateau now much diminished. Biggest patches confined to places above 900m.
(Above) Ghosts of avalanches past. The steep ESE facing rim of Coire nan Uamha at just under 1000m and 1km north of Beinn a Chaorainn’s summit.  Old crownwall from a size 1.5 avalanche from some weeks ago. “Cornice triggered”, I hear you say. And you’d be right!
(Above) Looking south from the top of Coire nan Uamha to the ‘hidden’ side of the East Ridge of Beinn a Chaorainn. Good stability everywhere today. An overnight frost firmed up the snow in all locations but milder daytime temperatures induced some surface softening at lower altitudes later.
(Above) Unusual view east of The Window (950m), with Stob Poite Coire Ardair (1054m) just above it. This distinctive bealach above the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair is visible from as far away as Cairngorm on clear days. Patchy snow here now.

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