Mild, Damp and Breezy

6th April 2018

Although the rain was fairly persistent throughout the day, it was mainly light with generally cloud free summits. Warming up throughout the day as milder air became established – double figure temperatures in Kinlochewe in the afternoon. Although the general snowpack has good stability, localised areas of moderately well bonded windslab persists at higher elevations, becoming less stable in the rising temperatures and light rain. Several small cornice collapse triggered avalanches noted today.

Liathach and Coire an Laoigh on Beinn Eighe from Glen Torridon. Some snow loss at lower elevations and rock ‘blackening’ at higher levels due to warmer temperatures.

Pyramid Buttress and Toll a’ Meitheach on Liathach. Note the snow and icefall loss compared to yesterday’s photos of same areas.

Beinn Alligin and the west end of Liathach across upper Loch Torridon. Less snow cover on the more coastal mountains.

The eastern coires of Beinn Bhan. Large cornices exist around the coire rims. A cornice collapse noted in the left-hand coire which triggered a small scarp slope slab (now there’s a fine onomatopoeic alliteration) avalanche.

 

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