I was out with Yen and Kevin today who had returned after their New year course had been plagued by bad weather and other factors that actually prevented them from climbing anything. We headed up to Dorsal arete so they could get straight on the lead. The weather on the walk-in looked promising but the cloud soon came in and it started to rain. The snow pack was wet on the surface but still gave good solid placements and the ice was holding on well. We could do with some snow though as some parts of the routes are now starting to look a bit bare. Today I was working for West Coast Mountain Guides.