After the thaw

19th March 2024

Overnight rain and positive temperatures on the summits further depleted the current snow cover.

Thankfully there is still winter conditions to be found, mainly on high north facing coires and some North-West to North-East slopes of the Cairngorm plateau.

(Above) Coire an t-Sneachda.

(Above) Goat track area, Coire an t-Sneachda.

(Above) Coire Cas headwall. The line cutting across the slope is an old crown wall from an avalanche cycle during the past weekend which was subsequently reloaded with snow.

(Above) Although late to the event it is always interesting to have a look at old crown walls. The layers in the snow were continuing to consolidate in the mild temperatures although some wet snow instabilities were evident.

(Above)A small avalanche was noted around 1100 metres on a Northerly slope. Most likely during the rise in temperature and rain of the night before.







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