A Gore-Tex Day

17th February 2021

Covid -19

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

Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions in Local Authority areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring to Scottish Government guidance and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information for hillwalkers and climbers and snowsports on ski and board.

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

The full house today of driving rain, hail, sleet and snow on the approach, only breaking on the way out into heavy showers. Fresh snow is settling between 500 and 600 metres altitude. Drifting snow is present at higher elevations in the gale force Southerly winds, leading to new windslab building in sheltered locations. Otherwise, the general snowpack continues to consolidate and remains stable.

(Above) The wet approach this morning into Creag Dhubh at the east end of Beinn Eighe.

(Above) Full waterproofs today and hard working Gore-Tex, still ‘beading’ on both jacket and gloves in the driving rain. Thanks to both our sponsors; WL Gore & Associates (UK) Ltd and Mountain Equipment for their continued support of the SAIS. Apologies for the fuzzy wet and windy photo…!

(Above) Creag Dhubh, Beinn Eighe. The persistent rain and snow eased by midday, with bright spells between wintry showers. The old and thawing snowline is around 500m. Good snow cover remains above around 600m.

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