|The cornice picture! Even in poor snow years impressive features can form. I took this shot of fellow avalanche forecaster Graham Moss in early February.|
As usual my main jobs through the winter was as a forecaster for the Scottish Avalanche Information Service. During the lean snow periods the work is definitely a lot easier, but less satisfying, than during periods when there is a significant avalanche hazard.
|Doing snow science on Aonach Mor in February. Very pleasant!|
SIMBA is a device which essentially automatically measures snow and ice depth, and relays the information back in essentially real time. They have been used to sea ice for a number of years, there are quite a few deployed around the arctic, and now there is progressively more interest in using them for snow depth measurement. We had one of these devices out in a couple of locations on Aonach Mor, and because I was regularly up there was able to check the readings it was giving. It produced some interesting results that need a bit of interpretation at times, something I have enjoyed working on.
|What the Alps should be like, snowy and sunny. The final steep approach to the Aosta hut (Photo Adam).|
|Challenging conditions on the Otzal tour.|
|Sally, myself, Casper and Adam on top the the Tete de Valpelline. Dent d'Herens and the Matterhorn in the background.|
|Lunch stop on the Vallee Blanche.|