Spindrift squalls

8th March 2024

A blustery day, with fairly constant spindrift squalls. Very hard to ascertain how much fresh snow had fallen overnight but where this has been allowed to settle, unstable windslab is staring to build. Generally travel on foot in the mountains is favourable, but sections of breakable crust, ice, very firm snow and drifts all add to the uncertainty.

Above: a brief glimpse into Coire an t-Sneachda

Above: icy underfoot conditions, often lurking below a skiff of fresh snow

Above: Aladdins – Fluted Buttress area

Above: Mess of Pottage Buttress with some substantially sized cornices noted

Above: much of day was engulfed in spindrift maelstroms

Above: avalanche debris was noted below the Trident Gully area.  I suspect this came down on the 5th March (coinciding with the rise in freezing level), triggered by a cornice collapse.

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