Friday, February 29, 2008
Wild conditions in the hills today with strong Southerly winds and snow. Kendal Mountain Rescue Team joined in with the avalanche obs today. We all identified a weak soft layer within the new windslab. Snow gradually turned to heavy rain at lower levels as temperatures slowly rose.
Posted by SAIS Observer (Kathy/Mark) at 2:13 pm
Thursday, February 28, 2008
We've had interesting conditions in the Cairngorms this week; Strong winds coming from all directions, heavy rain, then snow, quite often all within 24 hours. At the moment windslab accumulations are very variable in quantity, depth and stability. This is partly due to the strong variable winds eddying around and dumping snow in lee areas, mixed in with graupel this leads to localised instabilities, and so although the cairngorms at present seem generally quite solid in most areas keep an eye out for that cheeky bit of windslab.
Posted by SAIS Observer (Kathy/Mark) at 4:21 pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The forecasted cooler temperatures never arrived! Instead summit temperatures were over 6 degrees and there was heavy rain at all levels. Looking on the bright side at the very least this changeable weather gives our British nation something to talk about!
Posted by SAIS Observer (Kathy/Mark) at 4:13 pm
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It is mild and very pleasent in the mountains, Northerely aspects are firm and frozen but rockfall is a potential hazard. A large one was seen today below the Red Gully area just after this picture was taken at 1pm this afternoon. Coire an t-Sneachda and Etchachan.
Posted by SAIS Observer (Kathy/Mark) at 4:15 pm
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This is how Coire an Lochain looks today, the snow is very firm under foot, there are some nice patches of ice on the easier angled ground to the right. Quite a few parties were heading up towards the buttresses. Walking conditions are very pleasent in the warm sunshine, there are quite a few Ptarmigan and grouse around, even a dipper was seen feeding at the half way Lochain.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
The Cairngorms are looking and feeling very spring like in the mild temperatures. Beneath the cloud there is still enough snow to for winter sports, you just need to avoid the brown bits. Today's pit was dug is Ciste Mhearad where we did manage to find some dry snow even the odd bit of graupel. It may look like it's snowing in the picture but alas it's drizzle.
Posted by SAIS Observer (Kathy/Mark) at 4:17 pm
Saturday, February 09, 2008
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Looking toward Fiacaill Buttress Coire an t Sneachda
A milder day with hard icy snow below the buttress and crusted snow on shallower slopes. Pockets of slab in gully heads. It felt very muggy but it was good to have no wind.
Posted by SAIS Observer (Kathy/Mark) at 1:44 pm
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
We battled against strong winds today and after being blow over a couple of times decided we had gone far enough. Our pit was dug at the top of the gun barrel in a deep snowdrift to the right. There were dry layers beneath the wet surface which sheered easily on a graupel layer.
Posted by SAIS Observer (Kathy/Mark) at 1:26 pm