The sting in the tail.

12th April 2023

(Above) Lochan a Choire, Pinnacle Buttress, the Post Face of Coire Ardair, the Inner Coire of Coire Ardair and The Window. Persistent, occasionally heavy snow showers reinstated a (very) wintry vibe to Coire Ardair and its environs today. 60cm drifts in places near the lochan and clouds of spindrift carried on sudden powerful squalls descending from the crags completed the picture.


(Above) NNE-facing Raeburn’s Gully, Coire Ardair. A covering of windslab for most of its length apart from the last 25m or so which had been scoured by strong local counterwinds. We had avalanche activity in a steep N-facing gully 700m east of Raeburn’s: a natural dry slab release at 1050m. Same aspect as nearby Raeburn’s but in this instance without the localised scouring in its upper reaches.


(Above) Easy Gully and part of the Post Face of Coire Ardair. Spindrift enveloped this crag and gully (plus the nearby Inner Coire) for most of the morning. Like Raeburn’s, the top of Easy Gully had also been selectively scoured but as ever the mid-part of this wide defile accumulated windslab by way of the plentiful spindrift pouring down the Post Face.

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