Clear skies, freezing last night and light winds have today brought the high gullies back into climbable ‘nick’ today. This winter’s exceptional depths of snow on strong winds made for a challenging peak season (as ever) and the unbroken corrie rims’ large cornicing has encouraged mortal mountaineers to consider alternative passtimes.
For skiers accessing off-piste itineraries, mountain navigation skills remain the key to confident and safe travel. This gully on the west face of Aonach Mor is accessed via the Quad chairlift.
This year, the Nid Ridge has offered some of the best skiing on the mountain. Slumping and cracking of the cornice is partially hidden by fresh snowfall.
Great mountaineering on the north and south sides of Ben Nevis this May.
Earning your turns remains the most satisfying way to spend springtime in the highlands. The ski areas may be closing but we’re not short of full gullies in the west highlands.
Thank you to all my companions on the hill this winter, the SAIS bloggers and of course Geoff and his team at MWIS.org, Nevis Range staff and inspriational friends at home and abroad.