Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Friday, 11 February 2011

10-02-11, Ben Nevis - Winter Climbing

Climbers high up on the Orion Face and Observatory ridge.

Today was one of those stunning and amazing Scottish Winter days. Firm snow pack, sunny, cold and crisp. Chris and I and every man and his dog, headed to Ben Nevis to take advantage of the great conditions for winter walking, mountaineering and climbing! Most of the ice routes are in great condition after yesterdays brief thaw and overnight freezing levels dropping. We climbed, Fawlty Towers III, SW Ridge of Douglas Boulder III,4, Vanishing Gully V,5 (which is in great condition - fat ice with good pro.) and Platforms Rib IV,5 on the minus face. Quite a big day. Loads of other teams out on NE Buttress, Observatory ridge, Tower ridge, Orion Face, Zero, Point, Hadrian's, Rubicon, Indicator, Smith's, Thompson's, Wendigo, Central RH, Ledge. Ice is in great condition. It will be a busy one this weekend!
Photos - Right, Vanishing Gully, Crux pitch. Below - Tower ridge.

SW Ridge of Douglas Boulder.

Orion Face - Tower Ridge.

Coire na Ciste.

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