Low cloud and old debris

4th April 2021

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The forecast for today had cloud , wind and precipitation all increasing during the day so I decided to head out reasonably early. I was successful in avoiding he worst of the wind and all the precipitation but the cloud base was low enough to hide all but the lowest snow patches.

I came across some old debris from a large avalanche in Observatory Gully which I estimate came down with rain and rising temperatures on the 28th March – photos below.

What was visible of the remaining snow on the East side of Carn Mor Dearg.

Looking up the Allt a’ Mhuilinn towards Ben Nevis with low cloud hiding most of the remaining snow.

Looking up the debris into a misty Observatory Gully.

Looking down the debris.

A good bit of rock taken down by the avalanche. Note the snow under the rocks.

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