16th April 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.

Warm (14C at sea level, 6C at 650m.) and overcast today, after a bright start. The spring snowpack continues to thaw at all levels during the day and is generally stable throughout. Some surface wet snow instabilities exist in very steep locations, particularly where affected by direct sunlight. Any remaining sizeable cornices are unstable.(Above) Sgurr Mor dominates the landscape above Loch Broom and Strath Mor.(Above) Thickening cloud approaching from the SW behind Sgurr Mor and Sgurr nan Clach Geala in the Fannaichs. The mountains continue to look wintry, particularly above 800m. The snowpack is slowly diminishing generally with the lower snowline now patchy around 500m.(Above) A panorama of the main Fannaich range from Meall Gorm on the left to A’ Chailleach on the right.(Above) A panorama of the southern Fannaichs on the left through Slioch (centre) and the Great Wilderness mountains on the right.(Above) The full panorama to the SW from near the summit of Meall nan Doireachan – a fine observational hill in good visibility. From this point, I was able to see 15 Munros (plus various tops) in the North-West highlands.

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