The clouds were floating around the ridges and gullies of the North Face of Ben Nevis this morning as Sally and I walked up the Allt a'Mhuilinn to the CIC Hut. We were with a very nice group of Californian visitors who were only in town for one day on their tour of the UK. So there was no finer place to show them than the magnificent North Face, especially when the mist was moving through the crags, showing the shapes of the buttresses and the coires perfectly. It really did look magnificent today!
Yesterday I enjoyed an excellent day of rock climbing with Ken and his son Carlson. We went to climb Engineers Crack on Buachaille Etive Mor followed by a big boots climb of Agag's Groove with the packs on so we could go to the summit and walk down Coire na Tullach. Today we watched Ken and Carlson start up Centurion on Carn Dearg Buttress. The crag looks dry but the big corner of pitch two was quite wet and challenging. Anyway it looks like we will start to get some rain tomorrow and over the next few days so that might be the end of the fantastic dry sunny weather for a wee while.
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.