Cornice Collapse

26th February 2021

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It felt slightly more like winter today on the higher tops. The older snowpack which has gone through the wet weather earlier in the week has frozen at higher level. Yesterday some fresh snow fell. This has formed some quite unstable looking cornices along the top of the higher coires. I saw a couple of locations were some quite substantial sections of cornice has collapsed. Cornice collapse will remain a hazard for the next few days.

Cornices formed during yesterday’s snow fall. Some of these, like this one, were not looking too stable.  

Debris from a recent cornice collapse in front of the top of the Braveheart Chair. 

The top of Easy Gully looks to have caught the fresh snow. 

The summit hut and the top of Coire an Lochan. The cloud was coming and going when I was up there, it never seemed to become clear enough to get a good view into the Coire. 

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