/ Massive Avalanche Coire na Tulaich
Some of those shots make it look like a glacier somewhere in the himalaya not a gorge on the side of a Scottish mountain.
Eek! I don't think I've ever seen a slide that big in Scotland! Pretty scary...
A notorious well documented avalanche blackspot!
Sheesh! that's quite something. Scary just to look at...
for sure, but I'm thinking this is one of the larger ones to come down the corie in recent years / decades.
Big 'un! People stopped climbing gullies in the area now? :)
I was been told by a few people on separate occasions about some very famous full depth slab avalanche that took a whole corrie of snow down with it off the side of the cairngorm plateau. When did that happen? (If you know the one I mean!)
yeah when the great slab on coire an lochain goes (which it does most years at least once) I believe that is quite something as well!
I'm sure much bigger avalanches do regularly occur in Scotland, probably mostly slab avalanches with very big crown walls. However to get 15 metres of depth of debris at the bottom is still quite something IMO!
The debris looks similar to the one that came down the West face of Aonach Dubh in March 2010. The crown wall was something not far off 1km in width, running most of the width of the face, and some of the debris still remained at about 400m altitude well into June!
Some photos here, with that similar 'glacial' appearance to the debris.
On a walk out from the Northern Corries a couple of weeks ago I turned round and could see what looked like a bergschrund at the top of the Great Slab in Lochan
Mark ??? (forgot surname) of SAIS fame once told me of an slab avalanche near Drumochter with a 10m high head wall that sheared over wet heather one spring.
Many years ago (on my first winter trip to Scotland) we stopped at a caravan park just south of Aviemore. The owner related a tale of heading up to Coire an Lochain one spring with John Cunningham who was working at Glenmore Lodge. JC would walk along the top of the Great Slab crown wall and this guy along the bottom - all sounds a bit scary. They measured the depth of the crown wall at 26ft!
OwenF: it's Mark Diggins
Yeah that's the one. I think one year it was particularly big right? Now that would be an impressive sight to see. Getting close to the huge ones they get in the big ranges.
I imagine this year it could be a big one given the dumps that have happened early in the year and the wind blowing mostly to the north.
No 5 went today as well! https://twitter.com/ScottKirkhope/status/436904427962630144/photo/1/large?utm_source=fb&utm_medi...
The British climber Gunn Clark died in an avalanche in Great Gully in 1970.
Wow another avalanche on the Ben coming fairly close to the CIC hut, much more snow and it may get taken out!
I had a lucky call a few years ago in the 1980's when we swam up Coire na Tulaich on Buachaille Etive Mor oblivious of the avalanche risk.
We returned back a few hours later only to find our path in via the gorge was completely buried by a massive avalanche similar to the one in the photos. We were asked to help in the search for some missing walkers we'd spoken to and passed earlier. Several hillwalkers and climbers were killed that day in a number of big separate avalanches and it could so easily have been us.
Given the horrible forecast for Sunday I'd be very surprised if there aren't some massive avalanches and landslides in the Glencoe and Ben Nevis areas and I'd stay well clear of the lower runout areas!
That was in 1986. I led a friend up the following day and checked the snowslope just 100ft below the coire lip, and there was a shear layer waiting to be triggered. So I wisely backed off and went back down. Everyone behind me, about a dozen, did the same.
Think there was a video posted of a big wet avalanche in Great Fully a few years ago, think it was Mike Pescod. Scary stuff
I remember walking up to some avalanche debris that had come down from the Buachaille that year. There was a number of deer mangled up in it.
I was heading up the Buachaille to have a look at routes on Crowberry Tower on Wednesday but found the snow wet and thick, with no sign of layers and the weather warmer than I expected. We turned before the steep bit before the base of Easy Gully, the lower parts of Curved Ridge was banked out completely. The difference between the 18th, our forecast and 19th, when the avalanche happened can be seen here: http://www.sais.gov.uk/page_Glencoe_seven_day.asp
This one here?
That is quite a common feature there
Would just hope there wasn't a body in the vicinity...? Was it on the surface i.e. someones dropped it since the avalanche or did it appear to have been taken down with the debris?
Hard to say. It was on the surface, but I think there has been a lot of melting so it could have been recently exposed.
So my instructor explained, but for a city boy from London it's a real eye-opener!
AMazing, it really does look glacial.
We counted about 12 separate avalanches from collapsed cornices on Tom a Choinich's north east face (Affric) on Thursday. Certainly made finding the route off down the spur to Bealach Toll Easa on a bearing a little thought provoking, even in clear conditions...but the snow itself was in good nick.
The cornices along the edge had frozen to the heather, and the weight had actually ripped up large amounts of heather and dirt along the fracture lines. Never seen anything quite like it in 20 winters of walking in the Highlands.
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