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!!
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.
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!
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!
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,
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.
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!