Very high water levels

5th February 2024

Today was very wet with  constant heavy rain at all levels throughout the forecast period and a significant thaw of the remaining snowpack. River levels are high and even small streams are difficult to cross today. Several rivers have burst their banks as shown below.

Greatest snow accumulations will remain in high North and East facing corries and gullies. The remaining snow will begin to refreeze as the temperature drops through the night tonight. As the snow surface becomes firm a slip or trip could have very serious consequences with many steep slopes having run outs onto rocks below. We are about to enter a colder spell of weather although also drier with limited snow in the forecast.

Todays pictures show the high water levels in the Lochaber area. Hopefully tomorrows pictures will show some of the snow that remains.

Lower falls, Glen Nevis


Steall Gorge


Looking down the upper Nevis from Steall Gorge


Steall Falls


The River Lochy at Soldiers Bridge


Data from the SEPA rainfall gauge in Glen Nevis showing 82mm of rain in the 36 hour period to 1500 today.

Comments on this post

  • Iain S
    5th February 2024 5:33 pm

    That picture of Aquarian Rebel in the Gorge is quite an eye opener. I remember starting Amusement Arcade from the river bed gravel, one very dry late spring. My belayer could even keep his feet dry. Can’t imagine how many feet of water he would be under in that shot.

  • Matt Dalby
    5th February 2024 7:33 pm

    Wow! I’ve camped close to the Steall hut in what I thought was torrential rain, but don’t remember seeing the falls that big. Is the picture from the gorge one of the sections where the river can’t be seen below the boulders in low-normal flow?

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