Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring snowpack

Ski tourers enjoy the spring snow on the South-East side of Cairngorm.
  Its the season for full depth avalanches.  This one slide down the granite slabs on Stac an Fharaidh 




A real novelty this winter - goggles and gortex jacket have been cast aside!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Clear and Sunny, Firm and Icy snow conditions

Coire an Lochain with the 'Glacier like' great slab centre

A Climber ascending a gully in Lochain amidst an Alpine and glacial scene 

Braeriach and the plateau of Sron na Lairig from Cairn Lochain

Creag Meagaidh in the background with Sgoran Dubh Mor and the corniced Sron na Lairig ridge in the foreground

Surveying Glenmore from Cairn Lochain

Coire an t Sneachda with Cairngorm beyond

The benign Cairngorm Plateau with Ben Macdui at its head, Cairntoul, Sgor an Lochain Uaine.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cold, Firm and Icy snow conditions

Looking toward Braeriach and the Northern Corries from Cairngorm

Very hard snowpack

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hard snowpack requiring crampons and axe - serious run outs into rocks

Friday, April 11, 2014

Light snowfall

Widening glide cracks on the great slab Coire and Lochan 

Coire an t- Sneachda

Large patches of spring snow on the plateau

Skiers and mountaineers head into the corrie

A male Ptarmigan in hot pursuit of this female

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Light snow showers

Coire an Lochain
Spring snow with thawing cornices on the East side of Cnap Coire na Spreidhe

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A Colder and Brighter Day with a Firm Snow Surface

Toward Ben Macdui from Cnap Coire na Spreidhe
Bhein Mheadhoin

Slumping cornices and snow glide cracks on an East aspect


Monday, April 07, 2014

Cooler temperatures - Less Windy


Northern Corries from Cairngorm
Coire Cas headwall ( note creep lines below ridge summit)

Creep lines on headwall
Snowpack is pretty firm after a re-freeze overnight - softening in the day - the snow mass is slowly gliding down the slope - it may or may not release as an avalanche at some point !!