While Sally was walking the winter hills by herself (see below) Nigel and I went up Ben Nevis to climb Tower Ridge. Nigel has done a huge amount of climbing over the years and been to some very special places. Even so he said that today's climb was one of the best he's done! There is a bit of rock showing through the snow but we wore crampons all the way since the rock sections were short. Great views of the climbers on the big ice routes and skiers descending Number Four Gully. Hadrian's Wall Direct, Sickle and Indicator Wall seemed to be OK to climb without too much debris falling down the routes.
It looks like it might be a bit colder next week with a dusting more snow and plenty of ice to climb still in place.
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