Coire an Lubhair Mòr

14th February 2023

Today’s journey in search of snow was to a coire that is very distinctive when looking West from the Badenoch valley and often holds snow well into the summer.

Coire an Lubhair Mòr is clearly seen, but less frequently visited, due to it’s remote location. It is on the East side of Geal Charn (1049m) and is in the South-East corner of the Creag Meagaidh avalanche forecasting area. This Geal Charn (White Peak) can be distinguished from all the other mountains of the same name, as on the 1:25,000 map it is also called Mullach Coire an Lubhair.

The snowpack was moist and stable in all locations, although signs of instability from earlier in the winter were visible in a number of locations. All change tomorrow with a return to winter, with snow falling above 800m. Unstable windslab will build on North to East aspects above this altitude.

Coire an lubhair Mòr seen from the A86. Unfortunately this was the best view of the coire today, as on arrival in the coire, the tops were shrouded in cloud.

A stunning, but snowless, landscape. Looking down Lochan Na H-Earba.

Looking across to the central Creag Meagaidh forecasting area with Sròn a’Choire on the right and Coire Choille-rais on the left.

Avalanche debris in the bottom of Coire an lubhair Mòr, possibly from 9th February as snow turned to rain at all levels.

Small glide crack in Coire an lubhair Mòr.

Looking across to the avalanche debris on the East facing flank of Creag Meagaidh’s South ridge, also thought to be from 9th February.

Old cornice along the ridge of Coire Mòr Chlachair, which is beneath the summit of Beinn a’Chlachair, above a North-East aspect.

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