Thursday, 6 January 2011
Ski Touring day - near Lochnagar
Alan and Chester leading the way as we traversed above Monelpe Moss towards Little Pap and Creag a Ghlas-uillt, near Lochnagar.
Ski pole probing, a simple test which takes a few seconds and you can perform many tests as you travel. You simply push your ski pole into the snow, feeling for unseen layers below. If you feel a lot of resistance in the surface layers and then suddenly your pole drops through a layer that feels like mostly air, this usually means that a slab overlies a layer of faceted snow, which is an especially dangerous combination. This test only gives you a general feel for the snow pack layering.