Thursday, 7 August 2014

Another productive day.

The main focus of today's training was to get the Botanists and Geologists onto some steep ground so they could get some experience with the use of the rope and for us to get a look at the Saxifrage at the top of No.4 gully, anything else was going to be a bonus. It turns out that it was a day of bonus'.
Two teams headed up Ledge route and to the coire just above the Shroud, Mike headed up the right side of Moonlight gully buttress and we headed up the left. Mikes team and I met in the upper bowl of No.5 gully where the Botanists, Ian and Gordon could have spent hours looking around but unfortunately we had somewhere to be.
We headed over to the top of No.4 gully and made our way down looking at the different Saxifrage that seems to do very well in that particular spot and carried on back to the CIC hut with another couple of very interesting finds including the first ever Alpine Saxifrage seen on Ben Nevis and a big patch of Wavy Meadow grass on the plateau that was previously unknown about. There were many more finds today too and the project has already ticked a number of the objectives and we haven't even really started yet. Here's to more successful days.

This project is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, Heritage Lottery fund, The Highland Council and Mammut

A bit of planning.

Noel Williams sharing some of his local knowledge.

Gordon and Will, high in No.5 gully.

Wavy meadow grass with my gloved finger in for scale.

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