We had some fresh snow on Ben Nevis this week. It's only mid-April so this is not unexpected and it even has a name, the "lambing snows". On Thursday it was down to 800m or so and Dave and David broke trail up to Number Two Gully Buttress. They climbed a variation to the usual route which might have been BD Was Here but in the mist it was hard to tell! The ice was a bit cruddy and detached so it made for delicate climbing. Definitely a late season feel to it.
Today we had more fresh snow down to 600m so Victor (the dog) and I went for a run up to the CIC Hut. There were a few people enjoying the fresh snow on the classic ridges and I think someone was questing up the start of Orion Direct. With fresh snow covering everything it's hard to know what is good ice and what is snow on rocks. What's for sure is that the Pony Track from Glen Nevis will be covered by snow for many weeks to come. Be prepared for full on winter conditions for a good while yet despite the sunshine in the glens. Nice sunset tonight!
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