Lochnagar 7th February

7th February 2015

Blue Sky – It was one of those days when I felt smug about my early start. Later on the cloud blew in on increasingly strong Northerly winds.

Because of the persistent Northerly winds in the area, the Right Hand branch of Black Spout is holding a huge amount of snow and is VERY steep at the top. Unusually the Left Hand branch is a slightly easier proposition at the moment and has a couple of sets of footprints, exiting on the far left of the gully (not corniced at present).

The freezing level is due to rise above the summits tomorrow and I personally will not be hanging around under any cornices! Cornice collapse is a large additional load and has real potential to trigger a slope….

Lochnagar 7th February

Lochnagar 7th February

Long glide crack at top of Central Gully

Long glide crack at top of Central Gully

Usual nasty cornice at top of Crumbling Cranny!

Usual nasty cornice at top of Crumbling Cranny!

Pinnacle Gully 2

Pinnacle Gully 2

Hard to capture but ...VERY steep snow at top of Right Hand Branch Black Spout

Hard to capture but …VERY steep snow at top of Right Hand Branch Black Spout

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