Early drizzle and poor viz
6th February 2023
(Above) L to R: Raeburn’s Gully, Pinnacle Buttress, the Post Face of Coire Ardair and a misty glimpse into the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair. Early drizzle at all levels this morning has moistened the near-surface layers of the snowpack a little but nevertheless, firm underfoot conditions prevail above 900m. Some (fairly recent?) full-depth avalanche debris noted at the base of Raeburn’s Gully which almost certainly emanated from the very steep crags of Pinnacle Buttress.
Full-depth avalanches are not untypical events on our patch a few days after significant snowfall followed by sustained milder temperatures. They are not included as part of the overall picture of stability & hazard category since they are fickle, unpredictable events whose release characteristics are not yet fully understood by snow scientists. We do mention the possibility of them occurring but it’s a bit of a ‘best guess’ more than anything else. We get quite a few of these events at certain times which add to Creag Meagaidh’s unique ‘charm’!
(Above) Easy Gully and part of the Post Face of Coire Ardair. Free water noted running at the lower end of most of the drainage lines on the Post Face today. Remnants of fallen ice litter the bottom of the gully. Also apparent below Centre Post is some minor full-depth avalanche debris right of centre of photo.
Poor visibility up high + camera issues today so thanks to Bob M for his camera phone shots whilst up near Lochan a Choire.
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