20th December 2014


 

Ben Nevis Conditions

Saturday 20th December 2014

The safest day in a fortnight of stormy weather. A weak ridge of high pressure promised lighter westerlies for a day. Reports of huge depths of graupel on eastern aspects followed the most lightning I’ve seen on the west coast.

This season’s redesigned SAIS forecast included a tantalising picture of The Shroud forming, and crisp neve from 600m with good visibility revealed an almost empty Coire na Ciste. 

 

Ben Nevis Conditions

D’you think the Curtain will be in yet?

Rien ne va Plus had attracted one bold leader, but excavating ice choked cracks didn’t encourage a harder testpiece such as The Slab or Gargoyle Wall after a leisurely start.

Ben Nevis Conditions

No 3 Gully, Ben Nevis

We found Thompson’s Route in perfect nick, and as temperatures rose and stability fell, opted for a snowy Red Burn descent before dark. I must have enjoyed this route half a dozen times over the last twenty years but can’t remember a more relaxing day out.

Ben Nevis Conditions

Thompson’s Route (IV,4) Ben Nevis

 

Ben Nevis Carn Mor Dearg and Aonach Mor

5th December 2014

 

Back Corries, Nevis Range

26th November 2014 E Face Aonach Mor from Roybridge

 

 

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