We often expect the first snow to land on Ben Nevis in October but I doubt many visitors from Australia would be too keen to see it! Elspeth and her son Luke, on a trip from Australia to see the very best bits of Scotland, came up to The Outdoor Capital of the UK to have a go at climbing Ben Nevis and we had a brilliant day. We woke to see a good fall of fresh snow down to 900m above sea level so the top third of Ben Nevis was under the white stuff. The cold front had passed over during the night though so we had nice weather with bits of sunshine and light wind. It was cold but it was just above freezing on top and about 15cm had collected on the summit.
The snow is likely to melt away over the next few days and we will get more falls like it before it starts to build up properly in December. Ideally we will get a cold spell of weather with the tops in sub-zero conditions for a week or two before it snows properly to help it stay around for a bit longer. But today it was already starting to melt away as we were walking down. It's a great sign of the coming winter which, along with the wonderful autumn colours in the glen, is getting us very excited!
As luck would have it I came home to find a very nice parcel from the very lovely people at Jottnar. Make sure you take a look at the new range of apparel and perfected original masterpieces. I'll be very warm and dry this winter what ever weather is thrown at me! Thank you Jottnar!
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