Off to the West again! No way to miss the weather!

Heading West it’s just to good weather to miss! I have recovered from Fridays walk on Beinn Eighe and going to get another day on the hills West is best again, will see if the snow has settled a bit. I am meeting Mark at 0830 near the Fannichs another early start.  It will hopefully  be an interesting day in these stunning mountains. I am spoiled for choice living where I am. Yesterday the views across the “mill pond” Moray Firth  and the views of Ben Wyvis, Morven and the Affric Hills were stunning.  The whole coast was sparkling and the great corries of Ben Wyvis were so clear it was a specail day and one to sit and enjoy wherever you are. What a day. There will be lots out today enjoying the mountains be safe.

“I love to sit on a mountain top and gaze I don’t think of

anything but the people I care about and the views” Julian Lennon.


Today’s Tip : Check the weather and Avalanche Forecast daily and apply it to your day!

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 Weather:  Mountain terrain frozen more or less everywhere. For most areas superb views from the summits although here and there, mainly eastern mountains, patches of cloud on the summits and the odd snow flurry. Winds light, especially Scotland; blustery mid and south Wales.It looks great.

Pete Greenings photo on the Fannichs!

Pete Greenings photo on the Fannichs!

Avalanche Report: Torridon Area This period started with heavy snowfall and a short sharp thaw which resulted in wet slab avalanches and collapsing cornices. Cold conditions returned quickly and heavy snow showers accompanied by gale force Westerly winds produced areas of deep unstable wind slab mainly on Easterly aspects. The snow showers continued, sometimes heavy, on a North-Westerly airflow with widespread poorly bonded wind slab developing on East to South aspects. Latterly, there is good snow cover on most aspects

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Forecast Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard

Weaknesses will persist in widespread areas of wind – slab mainly on North-East through East to South aspects above 650 metres and localised areas of moderately well bonded wind – slab will be present on North and South-West aspects. Steep summit slopes, ridge flanks and coire backwalls are most affected. Wind exposed ridges and summits are firm snow-ice in many places. The avalanche hazard will be Moderate

Forecast Weather Influences

High pressure will continue to dominate the weather giving settled cold and clear conditions with light Easterly winds. The freezing level will be around 500 metres during the day.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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