What a stunner of a weekend! Unbroken sunshine, cold and calm weather all weekend gave us all a real treat. The Outdoor Capital of the UK at its best! Mike and Jonty climbed Orion Direct yesterday and went back to climb Minus Two Gully with a finish up NE Buttress today. Two of the best climbs on Ben Nevis done in great condition in perfect weather. Simon, Simon and Ben found Coire na Ciste was much more quiet today so they had Green Gully to themselves.
Up at Nevis Range the snow was brilliant for skiing and snow boarding. Lots of people were enjoying the pistes and plenty of people made the trip to the summit of Aonach Mor to find untracked snow in the back coires. Today I was helping out with some training for Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team members which turned into helping out on a real rescue. A skier hurt her leg at the bottom of Coire an Lochain so we went down Easy Gully to help out. The new Rescue 951 helicopter arrived at the same time as we did and we helped lift her in for a quick ride down. We carried on with the training before walking back to the front of the ski area.
Three weeks ago this winter was looking pretty dismal. Now it's looking really quite good!
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