Avalanches

21st February 2021

Covid -19
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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
Over the past few days there has been quite heavy drifting onto Northerly aspects.  This was followed by heavy rain in particular last night.  This has led to significant avalanche activity on Northerly aspects, several in Coire an t-Sneachda and also one seen in Lochain.
The old snowpack is currently consolidating due to cooler temperatures.
Today was another day of gale force Southerly winds.  There has been further snow loss especially below 800 metres where large patches remain.  Good cover above this altitude.  The snow is soft at lower levels and still very hard going if your on foot especially within areas of boulder fields where its easy break through the snow and go into a big hole.  Rivers are still high and need careful navigation especially in areas where the snow is collapsing around them.
Large avalanche between Mess of Potage and Aladdin’s Couloir.  The head wall is around the Forty Thieves area.  See skis and pack for scale. Sneachda

Two more avalanches, See the crown wall sitting across the crag apron of Mess of Potage. The other one came out of Jacobs Ladder. Sneachda.

Another avalanche came from Aladdin’s Couloir and also two or three from the Trident and Fluted buttress area. Sneachda.

Today’s view of the Cairngorms looking across a very high Loch Morlich.

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