/ Cairngorm Conditions
Looks like the Great Slab has gone - and started building afresh! Crazy times...
It's been warm with heavy rain over the weekend so the buttresses should now be completely stripped though all the big Grade 1 gullies, coire headwalls and crag approaches are still looking snowy.
If it cools or clears at night it should be good for big boot alpine ascents and the easier rock routes. If it doesn't freeze it'll be spring snow and you'll need to be extra careful with the snow bridges and crevasses between the rock and the snow - they'll be really deep and hard to get out of if you fall in!
As always take care with loose rock at the end of the winter and if below the remaining cornices or hanging snow patches! Might be tempted out myself...
Have fun but take care.
> Looks like the Great Slab has gone - and started building afresh! Crazy times...
The Great Slab hadn't gone in that photo though the snow pack was definitely slipping downwards!
After the warm temps and heavy rain this weekend I'd be very surprised if it hasn't completely gone by now!
I've got some old slide photos from around the 21st June 1992/1993 showing the heavily crevassed Coire an Lochian glacier before it slid at the end of June!
Of more recent vintage (April 2011) see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKkWeObriOk
A few photos from today, ice axes were useful for the approaches to the popular rock climbs. I was surprised that a few folk were surprised at the snowy approaches to the rock route in Coire an t-Sneachda given the amount of info on conditions...! See https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.313456935421527.54844.124310161002873&type=1
Great slab yesterday - http://www.winterhighland.info/forum/file.php?2,file=9219
its going to be a good year for the snow patch watchers me thinks!
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