A Pleasant Day
7th February 2024
Today was the first day in a long time that I would describe the weather on Aonach Mor as pleasant. It was chilly with temperature of around minus six degrees Celsius. However, winds were relatively light, and there was some spells of nice sunshine. The old snowpack which got soaked a few days ago is now very hard and icy. In the current conditions, a slip or trip on this snowpack could have very serious consequences.
There was a bit of fresh snow overnight. Fresh deposits tend to be localised and isolated. However, as suspected, it is not very well bonded. There was a small natural avalanche in Easy Gully overnight. In these conditions it is not the avalanche or cornice collapse itself that is the greatest hazard. It is the potential for a small avalanche/cornice collapse to knock someone over or off the climb they are on, and the resultant fall/slide on the rock hard old neve that is the greatest concern.
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