November Avalanche Update. New Ap available be careful.

There has been a warning about heavy snow from tomorrow in the mountains and it is worth mentioning if you are heading out onto the hills. The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS)does not start officially till the 15 December this was on the BBC news yesterday so please take care.   In the mean time the book “A Chance in a Million” is worth a read before the winter as is a good look on the SAIS website it is so full of information.

A Chance in a million well worth a read.

November Avalanche Update – Walkers and climbers have been asked to be aware of the potential of avalanche risk on some of Scotland’s mountains.

Recent days have seen snow showers and strong winds.

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) said high ground in the north west Highlands was expected to have the greatest amounts of snow.

The Met Office has issued a yellow “be aware” warning for snow over large parts of Scotland from 03:00 to 13:00 on Thursday.

SAIS said while there was a “mostly thin cover” of snow in the mountains there was potential for “deeper, unstable” deposits in sheltered areas above 800m (2,624.8ft).

The service said: “Be alert to the potential triggering of localised avalanches on these slopes where any deeper deposits may have formed.”

‘Some uncertainty’

In its warning, the Met Office said: “Snow is expected to develop across parts of Scotland early on Thursday.

“Snow is likely to become heavy and persistent for a time on Thursday morning before easing during the early afternoon.

“Two to 5cm of snow is likely for many parts with 10 to 20cm possible in places, mainly over higher ground.”

It added: “There remains some uncertainty regarding where the heaviest snow will fall.”

Every winter, SAIS assesses avalanche hazards in Lochaber, Glen Coe and Creag Meagaidh.

The service also covers Southern Cairngorms, Northern Cairngorms and Torridon.

Its latest avalanche risk forecasting season is due to begin on 15 December.



By Scottish Avalanche Information Service

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Enjoying the winter mountains fully is helped by having an understanding of potential hazards and knowing where the best conditions are to be found.

Walkers, skiers, climbers and snowboarders will benefit from the BAA tool which will help with the gathering of important information and provide tips and resources that will help with any decision making.

– Access daily avalanche hazard reports
– Automatic notifications when you enter a forecast area
– Guidelines to help you with the decision making process
– Tips, movie clips and photos that help illustrate answers to questions
– A hazard rose tool that overlies your location on an ordnance survey map
– A slope angle checker that utilises the camera function on your phone

Some past incidents early in the winter season be careful, especially those going for the early mixed conditions the approach is often over easier ground that is can be very suspect to avalanche.

2008 – 4 Dec – Torridon –  Beinn Eighe Fuselage Gully – Two very experienced climbers after attempt on new route avalanched in Fuselage gully, Stopped by propeller in gully, self-evacuated. Torridon MRT on standby.

1993  December 10 -15 Glencoe Stob Coire Nam Beith Glencoe Summit Gully – Two paratroopers killed below Summit gully. Avalanche was 4.5 metres deep when casualties were located. 3 day search huge avalanche located on last search by probe.

Summit Gully call out probing

1992 – December 5 Ben Nevis  – Solo climber on Observatory Buttress windslab avalanche fell 200 meters. Assisted by companion to CIC hut

1990 – November 23 –  Cairngorm Coire an Lochand – two Nordic skiers swept 100 feet both uninjured.

1990 – November 23 –  Cairngorms  Coire an Lochan – Six climbers caught in avalanche all uninjured.

Take care. Maybe take a Avalanche Course this winter well worth it.



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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