Lochnagar

27th February 2016

It was fairly busy in the corrie today. A classic sunny day.

Lochnagar Corrie, climbers getting ready for routes.

Lochnagar Corrie, climbers down left.

There are plenty of cornices  above the crags.

There are plenty of cornices above the crags.

Summit today. Highly variable snow cover.

Summit today. Highly variable snow cover.

Todays main observation pit was on the other side of the summit from here.

Harder snow-ice.

Harder snow.

There are very weak layers in the snowpack but they currently are supported by hard dense snow above them. These are highly variable in strength and difficult to work out what weight they can hold.

Summit plateau today, people topping out of The Black Spout.

Summit plateau today, people topping out of The Black Spout.

Some good skiing past the Hidden Corrie.

Some good skiing past the Hidden Corrie.

The good skiing didn’t last to long…. lets just say lower down it was very Scottish!

Comments on this post

  • Danny McShane
    27th February 2016 10:27 pm

    Where is the Hidden Corrie, exactly? :o)

    • scairngormsadmin
      29th February 2016 5:30 pm

      Hi Danny, It’s proper name is Corrie na Saobhaidhe, NW of the main Corrie on the other side of the West Ridge. It is in the guidebook, has about 3 easy ice routes in it, routes are not as good as the main corrie though! Best accessed from Gelder, it can be a good way to ski in as the lower tracks up past the bothy often hold snow.

  • Danny McShane
    1st March 2016 12:57 pm

    Thanks! I won’t tell you how long I’ve wondered about that. :o)

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