Cold and Clear

29th January 2021

Covid -19

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service issues information to support permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.

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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.

Lingering snow and cloud cleared Eastward by mid morning to give a crisp and sunny afternoon. Fresh snow above 250m. Unstable windslab in evidence in sheltered locations at higher elevations, mainly on South-West to North-West aspects.

(Above) Snowshoes (or skis) were essential today otherwise it would have been very tiring on foot wading through deep drifts and breakable crust at lower levels. Drifting snow is visible on the mountains in the background, in the fresh Easterly wind. Left to right; Sgurr Breac, Toman Coinnich and A’ Chailleach. The shoulder leading up to Toman Coinnich above the loch is Druim Reidh, the location for the previous two days observations.

(Above) Spindrift highlighted in the glen. Drifting snow all but ceased by the afternoon as the wind eased.

(Above) Looking South-West to Slioch and the Torridon mountains.


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