Mild wet and windy

19th February 2021

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A mild, wet and windy day in Lochaber. Luckily the strong South-South-Easterly winds moderated a little allowing slightly easier progress up on to Ben Nevis. Some snow overnight was rapidly turning to slush close to the CIC Hut as the freezing level gradually rose, heading to the summit and beyond.
As I left the Allt a’Mhuilinn was in full spate. I suspect that there would have been some avalanche activity this afternoon as the snowpack became fully saturated in the mild wet conditions.

No icicles on the roof of the CIC Hut, a damp day at 670 metres.

The Temperature at the CIC hut over the last 24 hours. It hovered around plus 1 degree C overnight before shooting up to a tropical plus 6 degrees C.

The inner realms of No.5 Gully with ‘Moonlight Gully Buttress’ on the left and ‘The Curtain’ on the right. Look closely and you might make out a little bit of debris, but I cannot be sure.

A rather monochrome North East Buttress seen in profile.

No shortage of water in the lush green Lochaber rainforest this afternoon. 

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