Warm in the Sun

13th 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.

A lovely spring day; cold in the shade, but very warm in direct sunlight with high insolation levels. Although there is a thin covering of snow on all aspects, deeper pockets of moderately well bonded windslab remain mainly on steep NE to SE aspects above 800m. Otherwise, the snowpack has generally good stability. (Above) The main Fannaich mountains. Looking very snowy, but generally only a shallow covering. The snowline is around 300m. on the more shaded aspects, higher on aspects exposed to the sun.(Above) Looking into Toll an Lochain; the NE coire of A’ Chailleach (997m.) with Loch Toll an Lochain (660m.) remaining frozen over. Two small  (size 1) avalanches observed (not clear in the photo) in the back corner of the coire, likely from yesterday, cornice triggered on the scarp slope. Large drooping cornices noted along the skyline ridge to the right.(Above) Looking west to Slioch (980m.) on the left and Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair (1019m.), Sgurr Ban (989m.) on the right.

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