Mild and Murkey

10th March 2022

After a period of heavy snowfall at the highest levels during the night, conditions turned mild and wet through the day.  Some debris from recent avalanche activity was noted on a North aspect in Coire an t-Sneachda.  This may have occurred during the night after the snowfall turned to rain.  Underfoot conditions were damp as the snowpack is soft and thawing at all altitudes.  Compared to yesterday the Southerly winds weren’t quite as ferocious, but the gusts were pretty savage with the potential to blow someone over especially at higher levels and on exposed ridges.

Looking down the Ski area from the Cas ridge.

Ptarmigan footprints on the Cas ridge.

Some shelter from the wind on the E side of the Morains.

Looking West across Coire an t-Sneachda towards the Goat Track and Fiacaill ridge.

Debris from recent avalanche activity. (N aspect at 1000m).

Mess of Potage – Coire an t-Sneachda.

The walk into Coire an t-Sneachda.  Fiachaill ridge on the right.

Comments on this post

  • Douglas Spalding
    10th March 2022 7:14 pm

    Hi there, the buttresses look stripped. How’s the ice holding up? Also what are your thoughts about the approach slopes to Fiacall buttess or other parts of the Norries?

    • ncairngormsadmin
      11th March 2022 1:13 pm

      Hello
      Its currently mild and wet here, some ice remains but rock and falling ice and cornice collapse are potential hazards during thaw conditions. There is snow on approach slopes, avalanche conditions can change on a daily basis. Best keep track each day for up to date info. https://www.sais.gov.uk
      Safe climbing.

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