International Rescue

8th March 2019

I decided to check out the snowpack conditions on the more coastal mountains today, so off to Sgurr a’ Chaorachain by the Bealach na Ba. The rain, sleet and snow had arrived so it was difficult driving conditions gaining the Bealach with a snow covered road and drifting in a mini blizzard. Just as I set off up the hill, two vehicles collided head on after skidding in the snow. All unhurt except for the vehicles! With some pushing and bending of vehicle parts we managed to get them off the road. Leaving the vehicles, I escorted the two Chinese tourists from Beijing and a local driver gingerly down the hill to Applecross to sort things out. Then the snowplough arrived….. Then back to work…..

Cold! -0.4C at the Bealach (620m) and a strong Southerly wind.

(Above two photos) The east end of Beinn Eighe first thing just before the front arrived.

Liathach! OK, a pretty naff photo, but the snowfall was significant at higher elevations at the start, combined with the strong wind.

A dusting of snow on the lower east facing slopes of Beinn Bhan.

Liathach 2! By early afternoon, it had turned more showery with some brightness at times. A new snowline around 450m.



Comments on this post

  • That Guy from The Internet
    8th March 2019 5:40 pm

    You’re a Very Nice Man.

    • torridonadmin
      9th March 2019 2:13 pm

      I Know……

  • Steven Cham
    8th March 2019 7:23 pm

    You deserve a medal not just for the daily avalanche forecast but also for the rescue,well done !

    • torridonadmin
      9th March 2019 2:15 pm

      Thanks for your comment Steven. The only medal I’ll get is out of a Rice Crispies box….

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