Thursday, 4 April 2013
Beinn Luibhean. Arrochar.
We parked at the Butterbridge and set off, already aware that we were in for deep snow conditions underfoot.
The snow was very sporadic, probably due to high winds when it fell. Ten foot deep in one area, bare slopes further on.
From my own experience I think one of the reasons we have had so many avalanches this year is that heavy, deep snow has landed on already wet, saturated slopes and the freezing level at night has stayed comparatively high below the top layer. Frozen, cold to cold surface bonding has not really occurred much this year despite the perception that its been a harsh winter as its not really been that cold for most of the winter period except for the easterly wind making it feel bitter on the slopes. Anytime I've been out the hill snow has not consolidated as in other years and has usually had the consistency of heavy wet porridge or deep,soft sugar. When it does avalanche it sets even more like concrete due to a much higher moisture content in the pack. That's my theory anyway.
This bit was prompted by an article I read recently suggesting we should simplify the more awkward Gaelic names of mountains for tourists to make it easier for them. Personally I've always enjoyed mangling the language of my ancestors and take pride in just how far away from the real pronunciation I've always achieved without even trying. It's a gift!
Todays video is one to warm you up if you are feeling cold after the photographs. Soul singer James Brown had the title 'Hardest working man in Show Business.' This influential and artistically creative group could give him a run for his money though. Great video and if you know of a rock group working the stage harder than this front line did I'd like to see it. More sweat than a very sweaty thing. Brilliant stuff.
Bet Tina really loved jogging and playing bass guitar at the same time during this :) Capital idea David. That'll teach her to form her own group.