Kevin Rutherford MIC

Hill and climbing conditions for the Scottish Highlands.

Winter Courses - Winter Skills, Winter Mountaineering, Winter Climbing & Norway Ice based in Rjukan

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Mild, wet heavy snow and avalanches

Death ropers!

Runnel avalanche debris

I am working at Glenmore Lodge this week on a Learn to Lead in winter course. Mike and John led themselves up 4 pitches just to the right of Alladins Mirror before abbing off and escaping the wet heavy snow. Sneachda has been busy the last couple of days and the good conditions changed today with overnight rain, a rise in the freezing level and some patchy light drizzle. We witnessed an avalanche/wet slide coming out of The Runnel this morning which eventually slowed close to the corrie floor. The Runnel was soloed about 30 mins later, crazy, with lots of bigs cornices still above the trident gullies. Hopefully conditions will improve through tomorrow.

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