Friday, 7 December 2012

Heavy snow cover and unstable slopes

Stunning light on the Aonach Eagach this evening
Whether or not next week's weather forecast is accurate or not, it's been a good start to the winter. I've had a productive and successful start to my winter climbing season as have many others who live locally, and I've been treated to a lot of really good conditions for photography as well.

There's been some significant snowfall this week, and there is now a great deal of snow lying on the mountains in Glencoe. But it is all fresh and unconsolidated, and lying on top of an older layer so quite a lot of slopes are pretty unstable at present. Two friends of mine saw an avalanche at very close quarters whilst walking on Sgor na h-Ulaidh yesterday and I saw evidence of slides in various other parts of the glen today as well.

If the forecast is accurate, and the thaw this weekend remains fairly gentle, then things could start shaping up really nicely next week. Time shall tell. Until then here's some photos from today in the Glen, enjoy.


 Heavy snow on the Aonach Eagach

 
 Garbh Bheinn of Ardgour

 Diamond and Church Door Buttresses

 
 Sunset on the Aonach Eagach
James

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