Monday, 17 December 2007

Ben Nevis Conditions 17 December

The frost never left Fort William today but there was water running at the top of the Ben - a real temperature inversion. Jamie B and Al took these photos on their way to their climb (see above). They show Raeburn's Easy Route, No. 2 Gully and No.3 all looking complete and climbable. They descended Coire Leis (the photos looking across to the Mamores give some idea of the snow cover on the west at the moment) which was holding ice but not quite enough to climb. From below Tower Gully looked complete and Gardyloo is PROBABLY doable although the top can feel quite hard in thin early season conditions. The last photo shows thin water ice on the wall and there was snow down as far as the top of the bulge. Most of the snow today was firm and axe friendly (unlike the deep powder in the 'Gorms last week).

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