Alan

Ben Nevis mountain path requires care

Hi Alan.

Thought you might like these for the blog ………. not a bad effort for an old ‘un (and mum did really well too!) pretty impressive for a 73 year old!! ……….. we should all have a few mountain days left in us yet!!! 5 1/2 hours up and about 3 1/2 down.

Typical Ben day. Icy on the zig zags, few snow flurries during ascent and descent¬†and zero viz on the summit plateau. I was disappointed that mum didn’t get the views, but she didn’t mind as she said it was more exciting as it was. Lovely and clear below plateau level with great views, so a nice contrast. Usual selection of ill equipped people about. Possible to wander about in Merrel approach shoes (seemingly!!!!!) but much easier in crampons from about mid way up the zig zags. Compass essential on plateau as some cairns buried and you couldn’t see from one to another anyway ………… didn’t seem to stop some people though!!

Cheers

Dave

Still good for a day or two

We have some storms approaching over the weekend, but they look as though they will dump snow on the high ground as the systems move through. Winter will persist on Ben Nevis for a while longer. Yesterday Scott Kirkhope sents these photo in from a CMD traverse.

Ben Nevis North Face

Ben Nevis North Face

CMD Arete

CMD Arete

Spot the (2) Ptarmigan!

Spot the (2) Ptarmigan!

New web cam

An upgraded webcam has been installed. Check it out and you might see Adele Pennington climbing in the superb conditions that we have just now. Thanks for the photos Adele.

"tower Ridge"

Tower Ridge last week

"tower ridge"

Tower Ridge last week

"tower ridge"

Tower Ridge last week

The best of days with the Prof

It's your lead!!

It’s your lead!!

Approaching the first belay

Approaching the first belay

Second belay below the 'Rogue' pitch

Second belay below the ‘Rogue’ pitch

On the Rogue pitch. Easy bridging for a hands off photo

On the Rogue pitch. Easy bridging for a hands off photo

Easier top pitches of Point Five Gully yesterday

Easier top pitches of Point Five Gully yesterday

Late afternoon, two climbers savouring the final slopes of Tower Ridge

Late afternoon, two climbers savouring the final slopes of Tower Ridge

Final slopes of Tower Ridge

Final slopes of Tower Ridge

Summit buddies

Summit buddies

A great day out from the CIC Hut with my good friend and fellow guide David Hopkins. The conditions on Ben Nevis are flawless just now and even with a 1500hr start we managed the route and descended for a comfortable night in the CIC Hut. Anyone who comes across a BD Ice Screw and also a single ankle gaiter, please consider returning them to me, thanks!

More good climbing

 

Thanks to Adele Pennington for these photos taken on Number Six Gully today. Still great conditions and they look set to stay for at least another week, maybe more!

Descent from Number Six Gully into Coire nam Beith

Descent from Number Six Gully into Coire nam Beith

Final pitch on Number Six Gully today

Final pitch on Number Six Gully today

Crux pitch on Number Six Gully today

Crux pitch on Number Six Gully today

Great Ice Climbing

Sgurr Finnisg-Aig dave barker2

Thanks to Dave Barker, Spike Sellers and Adele Pennington for these photos taken this morning early before heading off to work. Sgurr Finnisg-aig is the climb below the Aonach Mor Gondola area,

Dropped a Glove on Crowberry?

Whoever dropped a glove on Crowberry Gully recently please get in touch with a description and a couple of quid for return. Hope you right hand was not too cold.

Fantastic weather and climbing conditions

Great conditions yesterday on Crowberry Gully. And thanks to Dan Goodwin for the photo of Marisa, taken today on some good ice, alongside the gondola at Glen Coe ski area. Very accessible and good for good for training on a mountaineering course over the Easter holiday. More photos to follow when I fix the hard drive on my main computer!

Very good on the Isle of Skye

Thanks to Dave Barker for this very good shot of the Black Cuillin covered in plenty of the white stuff.

Good Weather

Very good conditions in Glen Coe at the moment. Also Minus One Gully was climbed, along with Pointless on Ben Nevis. The track up to the top car park is blocked by trees,  so those of you who seem to prefer a long walk in should be happy. The mountain is still busy though as a lot of folk are using the nice little hut run by the SMC!