Category Archives : Ben Nevis

Christmas celebrations

Following a stormy Christmas Eve, Thursday dawned clear and still in Observatory Gully. A team on Tower Ridge were tackling the first steepening directly whilst we pondered the chances of approaching Indicator Wall without releasing a slab. The week’s thaw and rapid refreeze had produced perfect climbing conditions but other than a lone SAIS forecaster […]

Point Five Gully

Ben Nevis Conditions

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 […]

Ben Nevis ice Climbing

West Highland Conditions

Stormy conditions encourage patience. Lighter northerly winds have reduced the rate of windslab forming on W through N to E facing slopes today. The high crags have been buried and hard to get to. Ben Nevis on Monday saw few parties venturing far above the Douglas Boulder. Huge depths of snow in the back corries […]