Turning Mild!

19th March 2019

Today it turned mild and claggy. Visibility was not great when I arrived on the summit, and got worse from there. There was some light rain from time to time. The soft  snow which was found in sheltered areas is now sticky and hard going on ski, and even worse on foot. However, conditions on the pisted ski runs were better. Substantial cornices which have formed over the past few days were sagging and in danger of falling off. The conditions remaining mild, cornice collapse will remain a hazard for a few days yet.

Some fragile looking cornices exist. Overhanging sections like this will be prone to collapse in the mild conditions.

Drip, drip, drip. Water dripping from an icicle outside the Nevis Range summit hut at an altitude of around 1200 metres.

This was about as clear as it got. Some of the substantial cornices can just be made out.

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