Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sunshine on Ledge route!

I'm climbing with Angus and Gary this weekend for Abacus Mountain Guides, they have been out with me for a few years now and whilst we were chatting this morning we found out that they hadn't done Ledge route. Decisions made and what a day for it! We shared the route with a few other teams and managed to do some teaching on the upper part of the route as we made our way up into the sunshine.

Ken was out with Colin and Alastair on the East ridge of the North top of stob Ban and it looks like they had a great day out. http://www.westcoast-mountainguides.co.uk/lost-place-ben-nevis-east-ridge-stob-ban/

Lots of people out today with teams on Tower ridge, SW ridge of DB, No.2 gully buttress, Comb gully, Green gully, Rand hand chimney on Moonlight gully buttress and  No.3 gully. I'm sure more were out but I didn't see them. A couple of people backed off routes reporting thin conditions and apparently Point 5 was climbed with just three screws but I doubt it is V,5 at the moment.
There is plenty of ice about and forming on the usual drainage lines but it isn't quite there yet. It is set to get wet and warm tomorrow and with mild temps for the next few days. Hopefully it won't do too much damage and will just help feed the drainage lines when it does refreeze.

Ledge route, Ben Nevis


Ledge route, Ben Nevis


Ledge route, Ben Nevis


Ledge route, Ben Nevis


Ben Nevis in winter.

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