Monday, 23 January 2012

Ben Nevis winter skills weekend.

This weekend I was working along side Ken for Maximum Adventure on their Ben Nevis winter skills weekend. On Saturday with a pretty nasty forecast we decided to stay as low as we could and out of the wind as much as possible so we headed to Coire na Tulaich on Buachaille Etive Mor. We spent the day covering the basic skills and the group did well to concentrate on what was a very nasty day.

Day 2 and with strong winds still forecast we decided to try and make the summit of the Ben keeping an open mind to the possibility that we might not get there. Fortunately the winds never really materialised and it turned into a reasonable day so we made it to the top in a steady time of 4 hours.
Climbing conditions looked great for today but unfortunately I've been struck down with the 'man flu' and it sounds like Ken and Guy had a good day on Aonach Mor. Back on the Ben and by what I saw of indicator wall area on Sunday the freeze/thaw cycles we have been getting have done some good as it definitely looked whiter than when I saw it earlier in the week.

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