Lochnagar

10th February 2012

There has been a bit of snow loss at Lochnagar but on the whole it’s still holding up. There was plenty of verglass on the crag earlier but by the time I left there was also some running water on the rock. In fact underfoot it had softened off considerably on the way out.
I was looking for facets which have been causing a bit of mischief in the Cairngorms but surprisingly they were absent around the apron at Lochnagar today.
Likely cause of avalanches at the moment will be cornice collapse, rock and ice fall. These high additional loads will be capable of causing deep layers in the snow to fail.
Freezing rain at the col.

A few keen climbers in today, headed up to Black Spout Buttress.

Sizeable debris from Parallel B gully and some smaller stuff from A. Raeburns and Black Spout had very little debris.

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