Depleted Cover

21st February 2021

Covid -19
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This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
Wet and mild conditions last night resulted in significant snow melt, with the burns in spate and the major rivers flowing wide and fast, breaking their banks in many places. Levels had lowered slightly by morning but there is still a lot of water around. The snow is soft and wet in most locations with refreezing occurring on only the highest summits. Slightly better visibility today allowed a view of a Class Two size avalanche in Coire Fionn, where a large chunk of cornice triggered a slab avalanche that went mostly full depth.

The River Dee still flowing wide and fast this morning after heavy rain and thawing snow last night.


Cornice triggered full depth slab avalanche debris from earlier this week in Coire Fionn, Glas Maol.


BMRT members inspecting the debris tip give some scale.


Better cover on West aspects. Creag Leacach (987m).

East aspects tend to have much thinner cover. The Cairnwell (933m).


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