High Avalanche Risk for all reporting areas – be careful.

It is not that often that the Scottish Avalanche Information has notified that all Areas covered by the Avalanche Service are at a High Avalanche Risk on the relative slopes. Please look at the website and get the incredible amount of information that their observers gather.   The constant high winds and snow for several days now have brought some parts of Scotland into full winter conditions. The A9 was closed with cars stuck overnight, some with little gear for an overnight stay. If travelling in winter carry some kit in the car to keep you warm.  Please take care  on the hills but also on the roads getting there. The forecasts  are for more of the same so if you wander out be aware.

From Cairngorm MRT – Leading up to the weekend folks worth ensuring you have checked SAIS site as part of your preparations
http://www.sais.gov.uk/northern-cairngorms/
Very careful route choice advised… Snow pack distribution now becoming more widespread and some deep instabilities present!
Couple of lads very lucky in Sneachda last night to come off as walking wounded only!
http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=606815

 

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Avalanche avoidance!

The journey to your objective will tell you many things do not ignore them on your journey. It is to late later in the day when you have a steep slope to cross that is loaded with snow. Be patient and aware at all times, no matter how experienced yiu think you are, nature can give you at least a massive scare or even worse.

 

Cairngorms Jan 2015

are Cairngorms Jan 2015

Forcasted Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard

Deep accumulations of weakly bonded windslab will continue to develop in sheltered areas on North to Easterly aspects above 750m where avalanches will occur. Other aspects will also be affected by cross-loading. Cornices will be prone to collapse. The avalanche hazard will be High

Forcasted Weather Influences

A brief overnight thaw will see the freezing level around 750 metres with heavy snowfall above this level and further light snow throughout the day. Very strong winds from the South.

Avalanche High 15 Jan 2015

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