Approaching from the West

15th January 2021

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It was quite a nice morning in Lochaber. A slight thaw yesterday has put an unpleasant crust on the snow at mid levels. Through the day the sun got hazier, at the cloud thicked from the West. Looks like conditions tomorrow will be quite “Scottish”.

Coire an Lochan this morning. You can see (in the foreground) where a significant section of cornice collapsed  in the mild conditions last Monday.

However, some sections of cornice remain such as this one at the top of Easy Gully on Aonach Mor.  Ben Nevis is hiding in the bump in the cloud in the background.

Quite hard to make out in the photo but lots of avalanche debris below the crags in the South side of Coire an Lochan. Again this would all have been from Monday. It is now partially covered in the fresh snow making it less obvious.


Ben Nevis emerging from the cloud. However, look at the colour of the sky behind, it definitely felt like there was some weather approaching from the West.

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