A Cloudless Torridon

11th February 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.

A beautiful, but very cold day in Torridon. Temperatures were off the scale today; -18C at Aultguish on the A835 driving to Torridon this morning and -18.5C snow surface temperature at 970m, NW aspect on Beinn Eighe summit ridge. Due to the very cold temperatures, weaknesses have developed in the snowpack in specific locations and moderately bonded windslab persists in other locations. Check out the avalanche forecast page on our website for details; https://www.sais.gov.uk/

Thanks to my assistant, Calum for the photos.

(Above) A snowpit with a view! Around the summit of Spidean Coire nan Clach, Beinn Eighe. Liathach in the background and clear views to Skye and Harris.

(Above) All my spare clothes were on! We experienced severe windchill on the exposed ridge, but fortunately, the snowpit site was sheltered.

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