Mike and I had the most brilliant day on Ben Nevis today. It was clearly going to be very sunny with lots of soft snow around so went for the sunniest climb we could think of which was Ledge Route. It did not disappoint and we topped our quotas of vitamin D as well.
The route has filled in nicely with snow. Number Five Gully has some soft snow in it but today the wind was blowing up the gully, eroding the snow on the cornices so they were getting smaller during the day and the avalanche hazard was going down slightly. The first slab is covered in snow now and the rocks have enough snow on them to make it nice and easy to use crampons.
There is a very slow build up of ice on some routes. Where water is dribbling down it is freezing but the snow is staying soft with a few areas of more firm snow underneath. One team backed off The White Line but another did manage to climb Glover's Chimney. Number Three Gully Buttress was climbed along with a geed few ridges and buttress climbs. More importantly, it was just a brilliant day to be out climbing!
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