Saturday, 16 August 2014

Ben Nevis North face Survey.

It's been a busy week on the Survey with some long days and hard work but it was all worth it.

The North Face Survey is a three year project led by the Nevis Landscape Partnership, sponsored by Mammut, in collaboration with Midland Valley Exploration and funded by the National Lottery Heritage, Scottish Natural Heritage and The Highland Council.

The key objectives of the survey are to:

  • Access and survey unrecorded and unexplored areas
  • Increase data and knowledge of rare arctic-alpine species 
  • Increase geological data and knowledge
  • Strengthen relations and knowledge transfer between geologists, ecologists and mountaineering communities.
  • Inspire the public and increase awareness and appreciation of mountain environments and some of the issues they face such as climate change.
By the end of the week we had found more areas containing rare Saxifrages,a new type of Saxifrage previously unrecorded on Ben Nevis and lots of other plants including Wavy meadow grass and Arctic Mouse ear, just to name a couple.

The Geologists have been working hard to collect information to help us have a greater understanding as to how Ben Nevis was formed and we have highlighted a number of areas that we need to get to in the future years to look for further Botany and Geology.

All in all, a very successful week! Here's hoping for more success in the following years.

Dave MacLeod interviewing Roddy the Geologist.

Finally a view.

Connor descending into North Castle gully.

Still a lot of snow in Observatory gully, still making access difficult.

Carn Dearg clearing from the cloud.

Some of the team working hard on top of the Comb with Tower ridge behind.

Just some of the delightful places we have been visiting. Myself belaying under Two step corner.

Arctic Mouse ear

Heading home down Ledge route after a tiring but great week.

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