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Topic - Avalanche conditions on Ben Nevis Sunday 17/3/13

Roberttaylor - on 18 Mar 2013

What did people think of the avalanche risk on Ben Nevis on Sunday the 17th of this month? I was on the hill along with lots of other folk and observed the following:

Lots of powder
Biiig cornices
Powder at lower altitude, just above the CiC was 'fracturing' (don't know if that's the right word, when it cracks under your feet) but this wasn't happening higher up (colder?)
Powder at steeper angles was coming away in blocks (on Douglas gap W gully)

I changed my route from Douglas gully W to SW ridge on the Douglas Boulder after a brief and unpleasant wading session. Then we finished up TR, which seemed fine in terms of avalanche risk i.e. no huge long snow slope at the very end.

Who else was out and what did you think? Was SAIS accurate? I am trying to improve my reading of conditions.

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