Friday, 19 March 2010

The thaw continues

Little change in the weather. The past two days have been wet, wild, and extremely warm. Massive, rapid snowmelt at all levels has led to a substantial reduction in total snow cover, with the West Face of Aonach Dubh now being almost entirely snow-free (although patches persist in some of the gullies, and 2B Scoop still seems complete). The upper slopes of Stob Coire nan Lochan even have large areas of bare rock where the snow has been washed away. Aonach Eagach has been reported to be largely snow-free although patches still persist on the ridge.

This is pretty dire news for winter mountaineering in Glen Coe. A refreeze will do wonders for the snow-pack, but a vastly reduced number of routes will come back into condition until it snows again.

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