Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Snow survey; Bealach na Ba, Liatach, Beinn Eighe

Visibility changed quickly at the profile site.

 Lovely afternoon light on end of year day

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Beinn Eighe east - Creag Dubh

 Got above the rain zone.  Moist snow 20cm foot penetration. Slope previously tested by red deer

Friday, 27 December 2013

Liathach, Coireag Dubh Mor

Rain mixed with wet snow eased when we arrived at profile site. Interesting looking crag, no climbers sighted.  Dry layers observed in the snow profile along with some loose snow avalanches around.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

A Fine Day in the North West

Snow line starts around 600 metres on Northerly aspects, snowpack has settled or stabilised in the warmer temperatures and feels quite good. A relief today not to be battling against the wind!!
A different picture tomorrow though !

Sgurr nan Fhir Duibhe - Ben Eighe from near Kinlochewe

SAIS Forecasters Alan Dennis and Sandy Allan

Descending  back to Kinlochewe

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Stuc a' Choire Dhuibh Bhig

Quite pleasant in this inner corrie

A Very Wet and Windy Christmas Day

A wild and wet day snow mainly above 800 metres - very atmospheric !!


Bein Bhan from Kishorn

Sgurr a Chaorachain and the lonely mast nr Bealach na Ba

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Torridon - First Blog entry - Strong Winds

Heading into Spidean Coire nan Clach - Beinn Eighe

Ferocious winds at this level - gusting 80mph!!

Heading down - Loch Clair below and Sgurr Dubh beyond
An interesting day for the first day of operation - Much less snow here than in other areas - ferocious winds made things difficult but we made sure that we were heading down before the worst was due to arrive. Great and dramatic scenery.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Pilot Avalanche Forecast Service for Torridon Area

Liathach from Glen Torridon                                             photo R MacLean
Torridon Pilot
A pilot SAIS Avalanche Information report service for the Torridon area will commence on the 24th December 2013, and will run for limited periods during the winter. (24 Dec - 29 Dec 2013  - In 2014,  Jan 1- 5th,  wkend10-12th, 31 Jan - 2 Feb, 14 - 22 Feb.) 
We would also recommend the following:Avalanche hazard considerations should always be part of any winter hill goers daily plans and we would recommend that climbers, walkers and off-piste skiers currently venturing into the hills, continue to note snow and weather conditions in respect of any potential avalanche hazard. Be prepared to modify your plans accordingly.