Sunday, 20 November 2016

Winter has arrived!

Ben nevis in winter

Ben Nevis on 18th of November.

The first routes of the season have been done and as I look out the window over Fort William I can see a good covering of snow down to 300m. There is a lot of snow on the western mountains and the snow fell onto wet warm ground so the turf isn't really frozen but it will be getting there. Over in the east the Northern coires are seeing some action, the routes on these crags are less reliant on turf so can be a good bet for early season climbing.

If you are looking to get out, I'd go for rocky mixed climbs that don't have much turf or for the more classic mountaineering routes. Although over here in the west that will involve a lot of digging and wading through soft snow and most loose rock is not frozen in place so some care is needed.

Ben Nevis summit in winter

A summit selfie above the clouds.

Ben Nevis, Ledge route winter.

A lot of deep snow around at the moment.

I have been out on Ledge route and the zig zags up onto Stob Coire nan Lochan which has been a great couple of days to get back into the winter spirit. Fingers crossed that this is how the winter continues but we will have some warm wet periods to put up with yet, after all it is only the middle of November.