Avalanche Risk – Worth thinking about.

It’s great to hear of folk who live locally being put on their local hills. Many are skiing and enjoying the unique conditions. I was just doing some research of a skier who was killed on Ben Wyvis in 1985?it’s a sad story. He was located next day his dog was there above the avalanche tip.

From the SMC Journal 31 March 1985 – Solo cross country skier buried under 1,8ms wet snow avalanche in An Cabar area. Found by SARDA Police dogs after helicopter search on 1st April. Dundonnel MRT were involved .

Please be aware that with the heavy snow comes a reminder to look at local Avalanche forecasts. Tweed Valley through Scottish Mountain Rescue posted the warning below.

Message from Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team:



To follow up on our post from last night, some more information coming in today from conditions in the hills of southern Scotland.

This photo from Spittal Hill in the Pentlands shows a shooting crack at the top of a NW facing slope. This is what we call a “red flag” and gives us an indication that the snow pack is getting heavier and maybe prone to release, potentially to full depth, as we saw a few weeks ago.

This crack is a few cm across and around 30m long. With a snow pack potentially over a meter deep in places we can see that a full depth avalanche of this nature would be huge.

With the forecast predicting rising temperature and rain, it’s very possible we will see avalanches over the coming days.

If you are out on the hills in the next few days please be careful!

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Photo credit: Neebo McKneebo

Enjoy what you have but please take great care.

It is well worth once Covid allows to do an avalanche course especially skiing alone in remote areas.

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 and loves the wild places.
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