I've been lucky enough to be asked to work on a survey of the North face of Ben Nevis along with a few other locally based Guides and Instructors. We had our first training day yesterday in and around the Mountain rescue base focusing on getting to grips with the app we'll be surveying with and practising some more rope access based skills.
Today was our first day out on the hill and we made a good team effort to get about 1700m of rope and other kit up to the CIC hut. After a quick chat to come up with a plan for the day we headed off in two teams, we headed up to the base of No.5 gully and across under Carn Dearg Buttress and over to Waterfall gully and the other team headed up into Observatory gully and around under the Minus face. It was a successful day with both teams finding plants on the 'rare list' and we have identified loads of possible locations for next weeks survey.
This project is supported by Scottish Natural Heritage, Heritage Lottery fund, The Highland Council and Mammut.
Just some of the damp and places we are going to be exploring.