Diminishing snow cover.

22nd March 2021

Covid -19
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Back to Lochnagar’s Black Spout today as this area has been fairly popular recently.

Two climbers passing under the Tough-Brown Face. There is little snow left on the buttresses now. Debris from a recent cornice collapse was noted in the corrie.

 

Into Black Spout. Soft surface layers but generally it felt firm underfoot.

 

The narrows on Right-Hand. Wide enough to fit on ski’s and quite icy as it’s been skied a few times recently. Couple rocks starting to break through.

 

Black Spout exit, again quite icy where skiers have been dropping in.

 

A short and steepish descent onto the West Ridge.

 

Lochnagar has been frozen for a long time now but it looks like it won’t be for much longer.

 

Most easy gullies are complete but routes such as Raeburns and Parallel A are breaking. Braemar Mountain Rescue Team member Derek (and Scout the dog) bottom right.

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