"Unfortunately" my day of training at Outward Bound was cancelled, oh well. I ended up going up the Ben with Joe and Fin. Neither of them had been walking in Scotland before and had very little experience of winter but after a day like today anyone could catch the bug. We had views all the way up with the only bit of cloud out to the west and we could see Ben Lomond, Cairngorm and the Lawers hills. The snow under foot was soft with a wind blown crust in places and with pockets of wind slab on a number of aspects. The North face was quiet today with a few teams on Ledge route and one team on Tower ridge. There looked to be a lot of snow on all of the routes but there is also a good build up of rime on the higher crags. Today I was working for Abacus Mountaineering.