This week I have been having a brilliant time in the Outdoor Capital of the UK with my children Owen (12), Megan (nearly 10) and Katie (6). On Monday we went on a trip to a local bothy on our bikes. It was just about an hour to get there giving us plenty of time to explore, light a fire, cook lunch and toast marshmallows before heading back down the hill on the bikes. It was a lot easier going back down the track than it was climbing up.
We were lucky with the weather on Tuesday. As we drove up Glen Nevis it was raining but by the time we got to The Alp in the Poldubh crags the sun was out. The rock was not completely dry as we climbed The Gutter but it was great fun and the children had to work together to climb the route and keep the ropes right. The next shower of rain was coming up the glen as we got back down from the climb and it started to rain as we got back to the van. A very well timed quick hit of rock climbing.
Yesterday we went for a walk in Glen Nevis and today we went skiing this morning at Nevis Range on great snow in the sunshine and we got a sneak preview of our new indoor climbing wall Three Wise Monkeys this evening. What a brilliant facility this is going to be when it opens on 4th May. Just one month to go before the training plan starts! It goes to show there is a huge amount of fun and adventures to have with your family - come and check it out yourself with one of our family adventures.
The winter climbing has not stopped yet either. This week Abacus Mountain Guides were enjoying Ledge Route, Curved Ridge, Morwind, Douglas Gap Traverse, Sron na Lairig and today Indicator Wall. We have a thaw and a wet, windy day tomorrow but it's remaining cool next week. The top of Ben Nevis is certainly under full-on winter conditions and will be for quite a while yet.
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.