21st March 2020

Covid-19 – SAIS general advice regarding mountain activities.
In its daily blogs SAIS forecasters illustrate the mountain landscape with the objective of providing information regarding snow cover and mountain hazards. This information is intended to enable enjoyment of the winter mountains with knowledge and safety and aid decision making and route choice for those planning to visit Scotland’s hills and mountains.
During the current situation with Covid-19 we would encourage all those going outdoors to be mindful of unintended consequences of their actions and the potential impact on medical and rescue personnel. Consider your objectives carefully in relation to current conditions and BE SAFE!
For further information regarding Covid-19 please follow the information provided by Mountaineering Scotland  the British Mountaineering Council  and the  UK Government in respect of understanding your health and potential impact on others.
With grateful thanks – The SAIS Team.

Another cold night: Frozen surface on one of the Ballochbuie Lochans this morning.

Lochnagar is frozen over. The crag apron is made up of firm snow-ice. Good, fast travel conditions. Note the cornicing at the top of the cliffs.

Looking across to the Southern Sector.

Large cornice above Central Gully. Older debris from this cornice crosses the approach path.

Shadow Buttress A IV, 5*** had a party on it today.

Did my good deed for the day and dug out the rescue box in order that the equipment is accessible: Please note that there is a bit of a hole here now with a 50-75cm drop in at one end. Please take care not to fall in…

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