Easter was always the best time of year to be ice climbing on Ben Nevis. This year it certainly delivered! We had a hard frost last night and the day gave us non-stop sunshine, light winds and very cold air with amazing views. What a stunning day! Dave, Vishal and Peter climbed ledge Route on Ben Nevis to take full advantage of the sunshine and superb views. The climb felt like something in the Alps with narrow snow crests, rock ridges, crispy snow and blue skies above.
There is so much ice climbing on Ben Nevis in good condition right now I can't listy it all. Many of the big classics are being climbed (along with a lot of spindrift over the last few days) and even more of the grade IV and II climbs are really nice. The big ridges are great fun, snowy, and very wintry. The big gullies are buried and have some reasonable cornices. The skiing is very nice in the gullies too!
We will have a slightly more mixed weather in the week ahead with some wind and some fresh snow falling on the tops. It will remain cold though so there is not going to be any let up in the wintry conditions on the tops any time soon by the look of it!
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