Paul James, MIC - - Winter and Rock Climbing Conditions

Friday, 31 January 2014

30-01-14, CMD Arete, Ben Nevis - Winter Mountaineering

 I have had a coupe of days on the west working with a keen Irish hill walking team. Wednesday was a windy day and slightly wet with a freezing level around 850m. Buachaille Etive Beag, had a saturated feel to it. Thursday very cloudy, less windy, but still 30mph ish Easterly, the freezing level down to 400m, snow pack very crisp and well rimed on Easterly aspects, still plenty of dry hard wind slab everywhere else. We did a round of Carn Mor Dearg, CMD arete and Ben Nevis, mostly in poor visibility until the descent down the tourist track.

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