Lots of Snow in the West.

18th December 2011

Looking South along the East face of Aonach Mor today. The routes Left Twin and Morwand finish up the snowcrest catching the sunshine the in the middle distance.
It started off a lovely day today. We were up on Aonach Mor and, for me a least, it was the first day up there this season with good visibility. I took this opportunity to have a good look around. For this time of year there is loads of snow about, most of which has been blown in on a Westerly wind. As you would expect there is some pretty substantial cornices about. Many of the posts above Left Twin/Morwand area are buried. In previous winters we often abseil off these to investigate the snow on the scarp slopes above these routes. Many guides and instructors also use these post to abseil into these and nearby routes when the snow in Easy Gully is not very stable. However, unless the snow melts back a bit, this may not be an option this winter.

Looking over to Ben Nevis as the weather starts to get threatening.
Through the morning the cloud gathered, before the wind got up and there were some snow showers through the afternoon.

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