13th April 2019
Well we’ve reached the last day of the 2018/2109 forecast season so I decided to finish where we started on the 14th December 2018 – In legendary Lochnagar. There’s nothing quite like standing in the corrie looking up at all the possible lines – Summer or Winter. It was quite windy in there today and the surface of the loch was choppy with the frequent gusts lifting the water into the air at times. It had been cold overnight and the snow was firm – however it was apparent that during the thaw quite a bit of rockfall had occurred from the cliffs with new rocks peppering the snow. There’s a bit of cornice still hanging in there for when it gets properly warm. Which it wasn’t today – seriously cold on exposed skin in the strong winds at summit level. Black Spout, Left hand branch still has plenty of snow in it and the finish saves a little bit of fun for the end. A couple of guys who climbed up the Right hand finish reported neve all the way up, a little thin at the narrows, but still a good outing. They hadn’t had enough and were heading over to the Dubh Loch to see if they could get a few more metres of ascent in. So we leave you with well bonded, patchy but very firm snow – it was front points and solid pick placements today – so no trips and slips please: The runouts are seriously rocky.
We receive a lot of support locally and we would like to give a massive ‘thank you’ to Police Scotland and Braemar Mountain Rescue Team for hosting us. We receive huge support from Balmoral Estate, Glenshee Ski Centre and The National Trust for Scotland, Mar Lodge Estate – so thank you for making the job easier. As well as our fantastic national equipment sponsors, our local shop Braemar Mountain Sports has been brilliant again this year – Thanks Guys – always there when we need something!
And thanks to all of you out there – We’ve met a few of you on the hill this year and it is always great to hear that the service has a positive impact on your mountain experiences. The feedback on the blog is much appreciated as well. So have a fantastic Summer and here’s to a snowy Winter for the 2019/2020 season.
Photos are a bit blurry at times – there was ‘significant buffeting’ as a popular Mountain Weather service likes to forecast…
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