Creag Dhubh

15th March 2021

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

Mild, light winds and cloudy today with a slowly thawing snowpack at most elevations save for the very highest summits. The relatively recent snow is mostly shallow and cosmetic although deeper drifts do exist, mainly N through E to SE aspects above 750m. where a continuing rise in temperature and overnight rain will accentuate any pre-existing weaknesses.

(Above) The path into Creag Dhubh (902m) at the east end of Beinn Eighe. The current snowline is around 500m and the ‘snowier’ areas indicate recent snow overlying the firm old snowpack.

(Above) The east ridge of Creag dhubh on the right (the location for today’s snowpack observations) and the snowy Coire Domhain below Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe (963m) on the left. The Black Karls are particularly black today due to the thawing conditions.

(Above) Looking down the east ridge of Creag Dhubh through Kinlochewe to the cloudy Fannaich mountains behind. Some small cornices noted today along summit ridges which will become unstable overnight with the onset of rising temperatures and rain at all levels.

(Above) Liathach emerging from the mirk first thing this morning.

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