A hiker in the Cairngorms of Scotland has survived what officials are calling a “huge avalanche”. On Saturday a 47-year-old man punched through a cornice triggering the massive snow slide.
Willie Anderson, of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, said the avalanche was huge. He told BBC Radio Scotland that, by using his ice axe, the walker had managed to slow his decent. “He ended up on top of the debris rather than underneath it.” Anderson does on to say that, “It was a huge avalanche. The tip was about 150 metres wide and in some places it was two to three metres deep.”
Seventy-five avalanches have been recorded by the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service in the last month.