25th February 2021
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Another windy day with strong to gale force winds from the South-South-West. Little change is expected for tomorrow with a firm and icy snow surface up high and a gentle thaw at lower elevations. The consequences of a slip on steep slopes, either on ski or on foot, are significant at the moment. I variously travelled with axe, crampons, skis, and couteaux today.
Generally good visibility allowed me to have a look at the two large avalanches in Coire an Lochain today, both of which have reached the Lochain. Arguably size 2 and size 3, these both look to have run on the persistent weak layers that have been a feature of forecasts in the Northern Cairngorms for the last few weeks. A few images appear below, apologies for the dark and high contrast, the images have been tweaked to bring out the avalanche debris.
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