Dry and bright
9th April 2019
It has been a sunny spring day with light East-South-Easterly winds. The snow pack is slowly thawing with some surface instabilities such as sloughing developing as the day warmed up which had an effect on steeper and concave sun exposed snow covered aspects. The freezing levels have been above the summits and is lowering slightly overnight to 1100 /1200 metres so perhaps there is a chance it will harden the snow surface on the higher summits. In general though the snow pack is well bonded and stable and the avalanche hazard is Low. I have seen a lot of walkers out on the hill today, travel conditions are good with most of our ridges and summits clear of snow although snow patches are becoming wetter and in some shaded areas still remaining firm. Loose rocks are a risk and a usual occurrence in the thawing conditions.
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10th April 2019 11:22 am
I am travelling to torridon this weekend and was planning on hiking up the Morrisonâs gully, could someone tell me if there is enough snow remaining and if its worth taking my crampons and axe?
The pictures make it look fairy sparse now, might just be a nice walk by the weekend?
11th April 2019 1:14 pm
Hi Greg. We are now in spring snowpack conditions. There are significant ‘patches’ of snow remaining on the hills of the North West, most of which is old snow which remains firm, particularly so at higher elevations, in locations shaded from direct sunlight (such as in gullies and Northerly aspects) and in the morning, before the snow surface softens in the mild temperatures. It is always worth considering packing ice axe and crampons with such conditions prevailing. Hope this helps.