A little high pressure over night brought us fewer clouds and the chance for the temperature to drop. Several teams got an earlier start this morning to take advantage of the cooler conditions high on Ben Nevis. The snow was firm and there drips were slower but it was a short window before the temperature went back up again with rain this afternoon. Having seen ice on The Cascade on Monday, Bob, Niels and I went to have a closer look today.
The ice turned out to be very nice to climb. It was less fat than last week but I still placed three 20cm screws. The very bottom was slightly detached but the rest of it was lovely soft fat ice that was great fun to climb. We went straight up the steepest looking pillar all the way to the top for full value and exposure. We went up the snow of Raeburn's Easy Route and finished up Expert's Choice which was also really nice and icy. Strong winds and rain greeted us on top so we went straight down by the Red Burn, being careful of the holes developing in the snow above the stream!
Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These blog posts and conditions reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.