Wind Scouring and loading on Caerketton Hill
This time last year I was Avoiding Denis, but Storm Darcy thankfully dumped a load of snow on Edinburgh at the beginning of the week. Cold conditions have allowed some excellent ski touring on power snow up in the Pentlands – and even over the golf courses and lower hills within the city!
The last two days have seen the wind pick up and move this unconsolidated snow around. I saw Some significant wind slab on westerly slopes today. Temperatures set to rise over the coming days, so Be Avalanche Aware if heading out – you don’t need to be buried by a snow slide – getting knocked off your feet and twisting a knee is enough to cause a major incident.
Lots of people climbing, skiing, running and walking (some even in shorts!) on a very blustery day to day.
A group of climbers on what looks like loaded slopes above the crags – the dark blobs are snow on the lens!
Skinning up hard packed scoured snow.
Skiing back along hard, scoured snow – raised foot prints in the foreground.