Deep snow on Ben Nevis
From a moonlit, starry night, just now!
Plenty of deep unconsolidated snow on approaches to the routes on Ben Nevis. Today was a capital day for sunsets and decent weather out west. It was a little gloomy over in the east, but the skies cleared around Loch Laggan, Creag Meagaidh area. Looks like some milder weather coming through off of the Atlantic blocking high pressure. Plenty of smiles on climbers faces on Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis today, especially those who benefited from the good efforts of Plas y Brenin trail-blazing squads in Number four Gully. Thanks folks. Good to see you earning your ‘corn’!
One guest back to the bunkhouse from the Aonach Eagach said the snow was very deep in places, making for some hard going on the ridge. We are now full this weekend, but have some space into next week. The weather for the next week or so looks to be okay with reasonably low temperatures. It would be good to get a little thaw, followed by some frosts to firm things up a wee bit. The ice is good though and plenty to go for.
Thought I’d give something back to your great site. Don’t know if you’re interested but we had a great weekend on The Ben.We ended up doing Quickstep V on number 3 gully buttress, the first hard pitch was in good nick but the basin was really snowy and corniced. I had a fun time peddalling on powder to get into the cave below the cornice then it took an hour to get out.
High winds and spindrift were also making things difficult on Sunday. Lots of powdery snow building up and I heard of at least one avalanche in Corrie Leis. Loads of debris in the bottom of 2 gully.