I've spent this weekend working on the Ben but with snow on the summit and reasonable weather it's been a great weekend. Saturday I was just on the Ben track working for Maximum Adventure on a three peaks challenge. It was a reasonable sized group and I think a few of them realised very quickly they might have bitten off more than they could chew but we got 14 out of the 18 to the summit.
The Ben at first light this morning.
Today I was working for West Coast mountain Guides with Chris, who has gotten a bit of a bug for hill walking but fancied a bit more of a challenge so we headed for Ledge route. A 6.30am start from the car park meant we made good time and were gearing up at about 8am, a quiet day on the North face but it all added to his experience. We hit snow just below the summit of Cairn Dearg but not enough to be of any trouble and then walked over to the summit of the Ben. The snow has frozen hard on the summit and down to about 1250m but is wet below that. The clouds started to clear as we made our way down the path and into what turned out to be a nice afternoon.
Chris getting stuck into Ledge route.
Descending off the plateau looking towards Loch Eil.
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