Alex and Andy are friends that are up for a few days and I tagged along today for some banter and climbing. We headed up the Ben with a plan to head somewhere new, with the amount of snow we have at the moment and the freeze/thaw cycles we've had I hoped we would get on Reaburn's arete, which finishes on the first platform of N.E. Buttress, I've walked under these crags for years and never seen them look at wintery as they do at the moment. We had a look at Reaburn's but it looked buried and the guide wasn't too clear so we went back round the corner and had a look at Newbiggings route - right hand variation. The guide says that this route is reliant on neve and iced slabs and it all looked good with just enough climbable ice and snow with some mixed in too but unfortunately we ran out of useful ice and snow about 50m up so ran away. Still it was nice to climb in a new area of a mountain I spend so much time on.
Looking down the first pitch
Alex just beneath our high point,where the ice and gear got too thin.
Looking up to the Minus, Orion, zero and Observatory ridge areas.