11th January 2021
The Scottish Avalanche Information Service issues information to support permitted activity under current Scottish Government guidance.
Please be aware of current mandatory travel restrictions inÂ Local AuthorityÂ areas within Scotland and respect local communities by referring toÂ Scottish Government guidanceÂ and safe route choices for exercise. For further guidance please refer to the following information forÂ hillwalkers and climbersÂ andÂ snowsports on ski and board.
This blog is intended to provide hazard and mountain condition information to help plan safer mountain trips.
It was a wetÂ and mild day on Ben Nevis today. The freezing level was above the summits.Â The ice that was making the footpaths and tracks hard going recently has gone leaving the paths and tracks unusually waterlogged and “spongy” to walk on. Visibility was very poor above 600 metres. There was however, no shortage of water about. At the stream crossing below to the CIC hut water was hardly visible a few days ago, today it looked at least knee deep. I decided not to try and cross there and remained on the opposite side to the CIC hut for a long way up.
With the temperature forecast to drop sharply this evening, the surface of the saturated snowpack will freeze and be very hard and icy tomorrow. The consequences of a slip on such an icy snowpack could be very serious.
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