Full depth avalanches.
20th March 2015
Today I headed off with Kev to look at a full depth avalanche that occurred in the last few days.
Very often these events occur slightly later in our season. Like cornice collapse they are difficult if not impossible to forecast for. Often there are clues, such as glide cracks forming at the top of the slopes. Helpful if your going to ski down but not if your standing at the bottom. Some locations are well known but this one was new to me. Last year there was a full depth avalanche in the adjacent corrie.
SAIS Creag Meagaidh had some great pictures and notes about the development of a full depth avalanche earlier in the season.
Thanks to Kate at Glenshee Ski Centre for heads up.
Thanks to Kev for being chauffeur all day.
First-waiting for the sun to do something!
Our chariot for the day. Saved a long walk and wet feet.
Glas Tulaichean, full depth avalanche. Easily the largest avalanche of the season and comparable with some of last years slides.
Looking up the slide path. It was a large slide, starting from a wide gully area near the the corrie rim.
That’s a lot of debris!
In amongst the mud – clean blocks of snow from the top.
Very large blocks throughout the debris.
A large slide with a lot of mud, rocks and ice in it.
The gully had filled with snow, an idea of the depth given by Kev.
The other side of the gully, several metres deep.
Crossing the gully, mud, water, bed rock, moss and grass. Easy to see why the snow started to slide here.
The crown wall, small given the size of the flanks, note the gouges start at the top, possible cornice collapse?. This is only a few metres from the trig point.
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