April 2014


29th April 2014
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.
Patrol
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.

Lemming Ridge, leading to Aonach an Nid

Lemming Ridge, leading to Aonach an Nid

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.

Slab beneath failed to release even with cornice blasted onto it.

Slab beneath failed to release even with cornice blasted onto it.

Venturing onto these slopes to assess stability after studying recent conditions.

Venturing onto these slopes to assess stability after studying recent conditions.

Ben Rowe, Easy Gully, 15th April 2014

Ben Rowe, Easy Gully, 15th April 2014

Fin Wild: more smiles per mile. http://gomountaingoats.blogspot.co.uk/

Fin Wild: more smiles per mile.
http://gomountaingoats.blogspot.co.uk/

IMG-20140422-08765Great mountaineering on the north and south sides of Ben Nevis this May. Steall

Peter Mackenzie

Last man down Summit Gully

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.

No 4 Gully, 8pm Monday 28th April 2014

No 4 Gully, 8pm Monday 28th April 2014

Red Burn Sunset

Red Burn Sunset

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