Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Great conditions on the Ben!

So the forecast for today wasn't the best and looking out my window this morning it was grey and drizzling. I decided there and then that after two or three days of thaw the ice would be mushy and horrible so opted for Ledge route which would fit the bill too. I should have kept the faith! As we approached up the Allt a Mhuillin today the summit of the Ben cleared and blue sky ruled everywhere east of Castle ridge and the snow and ice firmed up the higher we got. The cloud did come and go and things did warm up a bit in the afternoon but it was a great day on the ice according to all of the people we chatted to. 
Our day on Ledge route was fantastic too and a great route for Luke to get his first taste of Scottish winter and with some teaching on the way. We descended No.4 gully along with lots of other teams and made our way down through a very quiet Coire na Ciste.

Topping out into the sun.

Climbers at the top of No.4 gully.

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