Heavy rain last night fell as snow on the mountains and gave us a good covering. More fell at first light this morning all the way to sea level. So, it was all white and wintry climbing on Ben Nevis today. Daniel, Sally and I climbed SW Ridge of Douglas Boulder which proved to be a popular route.
We didn't see any people going up into the coire but it looked pretty good up there for mixed climbing. The crags were very white and it was cold and dry. Ice is forming in the drainage lines but without any thaw freeze action the fresh snow is dry and soft, and the cracks are free of ice. Lovely weather today - more of this please!
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