Today i was on Ben Nevis via the mountain path. With a less than favourable forecast we steadily made our way up to the top of the zig zags.
At around 1100m there was a light dusting of snow from the night but it was already raining on it and the rime ice was visibly thawing. It was still raining on the summit and i suspect that the fresh snow will mostly be gone by the end of the day. #bennevis #mountainpath
Ledge route on Ben Nevis was my 4th ascent of the year on the mountain which is not bad considering its only the 4th January.
With warmer temperatures there was a bit less slippery frost on the walk in, with audable ice fall coming off the cliffs.
Todays focus was on mountaineering ropework, looking at short roping and moving together, with all the intricacies of good rope grip, where the rope goes, good natural belays and body positioning. We did wear crampons on Ledge
Tower Gully on Ben Nevis was very different to 5 days ago with hard snow and ice all the way with the drop in temperatures. Im glad that the warm, wet weather didn’t continue for another few days as the gully past Tower Scoop was almost not there with a few holes in it.
We almost got views on the summit but the cloud didn’t quite clear. Maybe the trickiest part of the day was walking down the zig zags which were very slippery with the frost and frozen rain over the rocks,
Ben Nevis via the Mountain Path left the best till last today.
With -5 degrees at the start, very different to 2 days ago of +10 degrees, there was a cloud inversion over Loch Eil. Getting higher a heavy frost and yesterdays snow made going slippery but manageable. At 1300m we popped abouve the cloud to fantastic views across Lochaber, including a Brocken spectre.
Great way to start the new year. #bennevis #mountainpath
Ledge Route on Ben Nevis was the choice today, and what a difference from yesterday with the weather. Cold, blue skys and some snow falling as well.
The focus today was on mountaineering ropework, to add onto the rope work we covered yesterday.
There was a heavy frost from about the height of the CIC hut and whilst on Ledge Route we even had some snow fall which made the ridge look more wintery. With the decrease in temperatures the remaining slushy snow in the gullies
Today i was up Tower Gully on Ben Nevis, probably the biggest patch of snow in the area at the moment.
It was the guys 1st day out in winter with the ropes so we spent a bit of time covering the basics of good footwork in crampons before moving into the start of Tower gully.
The snow line is at about the same height as Echo wall area and the freezing level was at roughly the summit. There are patches of ice on the main path above 1200m but they can be avoided by a bit of
Today Andrew was on the Mountain Track on Ben Nevis.
Despite the forecast having strong winds the day turned out better than expected. The recent low fronts that have blown through has stripped a lot of the snow. Andrew reported that crampons were not needed but there is verglas and neve from 1000m upwards which needed a lot of care, but avoidable.
Good views and smiles all round. . #bennevis #mountainpath
A quick walk up to the CIC hut at the base of the north face of Ben Nevis to exercise the family.
The Ben is half dressed in snow with the level down to about 900m. Needs quite a bit more to freeze and to cover the rocks, but the main ridges of Tower Ridge and North East ridge look in full winter, Castle ridge was pretty snow free. The whole north face Looking up to no.3 gully and the Comb Orion face and NE ridge, douglas boulder at right snow free NE ridge and CMD arete #n
Today i was on Ledge Route, Ben Nevis on a stunning Autumn day. It was more like a summers day with warm temperatures on the summit and bright sun all day. We had the north face to ourselves and a handfull of people making their way up the main mountain track. #bennevis #ledgeroute #fortwilliam
Today i was on Castle Ridge on Ben Nevis with Ron for his second day out. And what a glorious day.
Cold and sunny all day with a few snow flurries, the autumn colours have definitely started.
We made good time getting to the base of Castle Ridge and started our way up. The rock was greasy all the way which needed careful footwork. Once over the difficulties we then decided to make our way to the top of Carn Dearg and then descend Ledge Route back to the CIC hut for a
Today i was on Ben Nevis via Ledge route with Lindsay from Canada.
The weather was cold but dry which made a good change. Once above the CIC hut we hit the snow line at about 1000m with a good solid dusting up most of Ledge Route to the summit.
The snow line was just low enough to be around the CMD arete level and starting on the little tower on Tower Ridge.
Once on the descent the temperatures quickly rose and it became autumn again but around the summit we did have a
Today i was on Ben Nevis via the Mountain Path with father and daughter team, Evan and Emily. Their legs held out well today after completing the Glen Coe half marathon yesterday and got to the top in a good time of 3.5 hours.
From 1200m there is a good covering of snow and the temperatures were cold with the path becoming icy where people had compacted the snow.
We managed to descend before the worst of the weather came in and the snow will be sticking around for the ne
Today i was on Ledge route, Ben Nevis with my older brother and sister.
Its not often that you get 3 Buckett's together and today we filled up with rain. The weather was very wet and windy and the alpine start didn’t really help beat the worst of it.
The windest part of the day was walking up to the CIC hut and then on the summit plateaux with Ledge Route being wind free.
Chris and Gillian did well on their 1st mountain scramble and achieved their goal of getting to th
Today Andrew and Hannah were up Ben Nevis via the mountain path with work colleges from Emperor Group from Edinburgh.
They made good time to the summit in still summer conditions most of the way up until about 1200m where there is a dusting of snow until the summit. Which looks very wintery now. #bennevis #Fortwilliam
Today i was on Ben Nevis via the mountain path with Lisa and her friends celebrating her whole number birthday.
The team set a steady pace in the good weather and we reached the summit in 4 hours.
From 1200m on the mountain there is a dusting of snow and some of it is a bit slippery in places where it has been walked on, but there are a lot of stones still poking through that can be used. #bennevis #Fortwilliam #Walking
Today was our summer Monday open group Ben Nevis walk.
With a less than favourable forecast i was ready for a wet and windy struggle to the top. However it was much better than forecast with a few showers and moderate winds.
The Englishman, 2 Canadians and Kiwi that made up our group made a really good attempt getting to the summit in just under 4 hours with views most of the way up. #bennevis #Mountainpath #Munro
Today i was on the Mountain path on Ben Nevis with Nicola and her friends.
The mountain was very busy today with a constant flow of people up the path, maybe drawn by the good weather.
We almost got a view at the top with the cloud clearing but not quite. A good weekend away. #bennevis #Fortwilliam
Today i was on Ben Nevis going up the Mountain Path to the summit on our open group walk.
With a very cloudy start it turned out to be a bit of a dreich day. With very close cloud and mist that turned into drizzle and rain and back to mist again, we made the summit in a solid 4 hours. #bennevis #Mountainpath #Walking #Glennevis
Today i was back on Ben Nevis, 4th day out of 5, gaining the summit of Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg via Ledge Route and the CMD arete.
A few heavy showers early on in the day made the rock wet and lowered the clould level, so we didn’t get much of a view of the north face whilst along Ledge Route.
The ladies made good progress along and we popped out of the cloud whilst we started our way along the CMD arete, getting views of the Mammores and Steall Falls. #bennevis #Cm
Today i was on Ben Nevis via the Mountain Path.
Katie had her sights on the summit whilst on her holiday from Australia and she made very good progress to the top, getting there in 2.15hrs!
With thick cloud and a light wind it was hat and gloves weather at the top.
After looking round the ruined observatory we made equally swift progress down into the sun. With a total time of 4.15hrs. #bennevis #Munro #Walking