Ryan and I headed up to the Ben this morning with a good forecast on the first day of his climbing course. We found the fresh snow up to the foot of No.5 to be shallow and with an annoying icy crust underneath making for hard work but we skirted up the side of the gully and carried on up to where we hit the ridge. The snow from here on up was excellent, good firm neve and first time placements on the steeper sections. We took it as direct as we could to add some interest all the time looking at some rope work and stance management. Today I was working for Mountain Motion.
It was quiet on the mountain today with a couple of teams on the Douglas boulder, Mike headed round to N.E. buttress and I saw one team of three heading into the Ciste. We headed round to No.4 gully before we headed down and saw some very large cornices over No.4 gully and North gully.