Slow Thaw and Consolidation

14th April 2021

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Little change in the snowpack from yesterday. Slowly thawing at all levels today (as evidenced by the ‘black’ looking buttresses) and generally stable throughout. Minor localised instabilities continue to persist where the recent snow cover gains depth on very steep terrain at higher elevations, mostly NE to SE aspects.

(Above) A panorama of the main Fannaich mountains – from left to right; north top of Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich (820m.), Sgurr Mor (1110m.) in the cloud, Carn na Criche (961m.) above the dark triangular buttress, and Meall a’ Chrasgaidh (934m.).(Above) Summit cloud lingered through the morning at around 900m., but it brightened up by midday. The snow cover is shallow with most snow round coire rims, on ridge flanks and in gullies.(Above) The east side of Meall a’ Chrasgaidh which was the sheltered lee aspect during the most recent snow falls.

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