/ Avalanche in Fionn Choire, Am Bhasteir

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Cameron94 on 05 Nov 2012
There was a large (60m wide, 80 long) avalanche in Fionn Choire at apx ng;465256. on the west side of Sgurr a'Bhasteir. I don't know what triggered it but it was of reasonable size.
Keep safe if you're heading up there!

Cameron
Milesy - on 05 Nov 2012
davy_boy - on 05 Nov 2012
In reply to Cameron94: might be worth informing the sais as a record of it can be kept for future reference theres a link on there website for reporting avalanches. http://www.sais.gov.uk/index.asp
Cameron94 on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to davy_boy: That was my first port of call but I thought I would inform ukc as well for anyone heading up that way.
Milesy - on 06 Nov 2012
If it is on Mike Lates' blog then I imagine he would have likely done it himself.
Tom Last - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Milesy:
> If it is on Mike Lates' blog then I imagine he would have likely done it himself.

Different ends of the ridge surely?
Milesy - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Southern Man:

Whoops sorry. yeah lol.
jonnie3430 - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Cameron94:

There was one in Broad Gully on SCNL on Sat too.
Cameron94 on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Cameron94: As far as I know it's pretty rare for the Cuillin to have avalanches this size, although quite small compared to what you can get I wouldn't want to be caught in one.

Has the Cairngorms had any recorded this year?
Mike Lates - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Cameron94:
You're right about the rarity; these are the 1st wet slab avalanches I've seen in 18 Cuillin winters.
Moderators have put my shot of the point the avalanche in the Stone Shoot started up- http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=208098
Nath93 - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Cameron94: Cameron's picture shows the size of the slide quite well. Maybe stick it up on here ?
Cameron94 on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Mike Lates: How big was the crown wall on that Mike? Looks resonably significant.

I'll link some photo's to my user profile once they are up.

Mike Lates - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Cameron94: Each of those 2 layers was about 25cm. The crown wall extended up the GSS a bit but had been recovered centrally. Above here the last 50m to the foot of the route nearly stopped me completely but Guys long legs took over (it was up to my chest).
Cameron94 on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Mike Lates: Did it look like it was going to go the day before? Just as well you had Guy with you! Worst I got was waist deep but it didn't last long at that.

Here's a photo, bit blurry though. The snow pack had a crust of around two inches on top before becoming soft but very hard when compacted.
Think it was slab or loose snow?

http://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.html?id=208165

stormin - on 06 Nov 2012
In reply to Cameron94: There was also an avalanche in
Corrie Bhastier starting between 2nd and 3rd pinnacle.
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Cameron94 on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to stormin: Skye appears to be setting the trend this season!

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