‘Scotland’s glacier’ melts away

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Image caption Snow expert Iain Cameron as well as the last remnants of the snow area before it melted

An 11-year-old patch of snow has dissolved away on Britain’s third maximum mountain.

Known as the Sphinx, the snow at Garbh Choire Mor on Braeriach is in the past the longest-lasting in Scotland’s hills.

Experts believe snowfall at that spot has now just disappeared completely seven times within the last 300 years.

Passionately know by climbers and ramblers as “Scotland’s glacier”, it final melted in 2006.

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Image caption The particular patch of snow on Braeriach in early September

The last layers of snowfall that melted away over the weekend dropped late in 2006.

Another patch of snow upon Aonach Beag melted last week. This is actually the first time in 11 years that will no patches of snow have got survived on Scotland’s hills.

Stirling-based Iain Cameron, exactly who seeks out and records snowfall that survives on Scotland’s maximum mountains, had earlier forecast that this Sphinx was at risk of melting away .

Mild and wet weather conditions during the most recent winter was a main factor in reducing the snow patch’s chances of survival.

Within August, for the first time in 11 many years, there was no snow on Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis .


Fickle flakes: Snow in Scotland

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Image caption Snow in Glen Coe within 2014

Snow was a rare feature from the Scottish winter of 2016/17.

National snowsports body Ski-Scotland described it as a “challenging” time of year for Scotland’s outdoor ski centers because of the lack of snow and mild temperature ranges .

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service also documented its lowest number of recorded avalanches within almost 10 years .

But just three years previously, there was clearly tonnes of the white stuff.

World-renowned climber Hamish MacInnes believed the 2013/14 winter within Scotland’s mountains was the snowiest considering that 1945.

He informed BBC Scotland News in Feb 2014: “The first time I proceeded to go climbing was in 1945 and I keep in mind cutting our way through snowfall in Glencoe.

“I’ve not seen anything like it so far.

“The volume of snowfall is colossal. ”


According to records, the particular Sphinx previously melted in 1933, 1953, 1959, 1996, 2003 plus 2006.

Dr Adam Watson, a biologist dubbed Mr Cairngorms because of his yrs studying the mountains, has written from the snow at Garbh Choire Els.

His research associated with snow lying there for years received on information handed down by decades of stalkers and families that will had worked in that area.

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Braeriach is really a 1, 296m (4, 252ft) Munro in the Cairngorms.

Garbh Choire Mor is described as Scotland’s snowiest corrie because of the amount of snowfall it can hold even through summertime.

UKClimbing. com identifies Garbh Choire Mor as “remote” and having an “alpine feel”.

It also warns it is a place to avoid in winter due to cornices – large overhanging ledges of snow that form over the corrie.