March 7th, 2014
We had a great week in the CIC hut despite the weather. Great company good routes and off course Whisky.
The team Eoin and Tim
On Wednesday we climbed Gutless on the Douglas Boulder before the rain set in, we then retreated to the hut for tea and medals. A good route but best done with out a rucksack! On Thursday we had a late start thinking it was not going to be a day for climbing, but the weather cleared and the temps dropped a little bit and we climbed Observatory Buttress. It was berried and had all types of ice on the route! We then enjoyed are last walk back to the hut via the CMD Arete and a good bum slide, oh and some more whisky. Thanks again to Eoin and Tim for the a great week. “Lets just go for a walk”
Tim battles with spin drift
Ben Nevis Summit.
CIC route Book
2nd pitch Gutless
Point 5 Cornice !
March 4th, 2014
Beautiful day yesteday led the teams from the near buried CIC hut this winter onto the summit of the Ben via Newbiggings route and then onto the NE Buttress proper for an excellent weather window opportunity for the summit. We also had a team on Tower Ridge yesterday, another excellent outing amidst the wild days of this winter, persistence wins in the Scottish winter game.
The CIC hut team stayed a little lower today and grabbed a rare in condition winter, but technical ascent of Raeburns Arete under the First Platform on North East Buttress, superb was the verdict.
The Curtain was also climbed on Sunday by the team this week after the walk in with the weeks food, keen to get going!
The next 24 hours will bring an above the summit 0 degree isotherm, maybe the Point 5 monster cornice will fall to the bottom of Observatory Gully, along with others, here’s hoping
March 2nd, 2014
Gaz was out yesterday with Neil and Stuart. It was the first day of the intro winter climbing weekend. They climbed the SW Ridge of the Douglas Boulder along with a few other teams. Still a lot of snow being moved about so care was needed to get the route.
A good view at last.
Good stance management on the SW Ridge.
The snowy summit.
We have a CIC hut week starting today, so keep an eye out for condition up dates and routes they get done. pictures will be posted at the end of the week.
February 28th, 2014
The weather was not as promised, so we headed up the closest route. Castle ridge was in good condition with the curx being entertaining and a fine snow arete at the top. We Could not see much all day. Ice is reforming and the snow is firming up slowly too. There were lots of other teams in and about the Ben. We met some on the way out reporting cruddy ice and soft snow. Careful route choice is needed at the moment.
Fresh snow fall on the walk in.
Castle Ridge. Just make out the CIC Hut
February 26th, 2014
It was a wet day on the hill today but we did see the sun if only for a wee while. The freezing level was around the summits. Lots of wet snow about. The Ridge was in great condition, still loads of snow up there and a good track now too. Thanks Tim.
Emma on Curved Ridge Glen Coe
Still some big cornices about!
February 25th, 2014
Its been a bit wet and wild up here with the freezing levels up and down like a yoyo. Andy was on the Aonach Eagach yesterday with Robert and Jonathan and today they went into Ben Nevis to have a look at Castle Ridge. Sounded like the conditions were ok but the weather was not playing ball so had to come down, one to go back for.
Ben Nevis after the thaw
I headed up to Stob Ban and climbed the East Ridge of the North Top.
North Ridge Stob Ban
February 24th, 2014
It been a wet and wild weekend here in Scotland, but not all is lost.
We had teams out climbing on Saturday making the most of the weekend. Andy was climbing with Robert and Jonathan, they climbed Curved Ridge. They reported it was good fun, but a tad moist! Scott was out with Bart and Martin, they headed to the SW ridge of the Douglas Boulder on Ben Nevis. Jamie was out in Glen Coe, they headed in to SCNL for some winter skill. On the Sunday all teams wisely all went to the Ice Factor. It was not a day to be on the hill. Plenty of avalanches were reported over the day. This is the thaw we have been waiting for, it will hopefully settle the Ben down and bring some of the classic route into condition.
I was over on the east climbing with Scott, John, Ian and Chris. They climbed Fiacaill Couloir and Invernookie, both were in very good condition. Next Day we headed round to Lurcher,s with the aim of climbing North Gully. It was very busy, so we settled for one of the grade three gullies to the left of North Gully. Some nice ice climbing in the sun and no wind.
Martin and Bart on SW Ridge DB
SW Ridge DB
Jonathan and Robert on Curved Ridge
LOADS of water!
The ice is holding in their. It will get better when the cooler temps arrive again.
February 19th, 2014
Today me an Karl headed up to SCNL and climbed Chimney Route. Other teams were on Dorsal Arete (Loads of them) Reaburns Route and boomerang gully were all climbed. It does need to refreeze up there as everything was very wet by the end of the day.
A nice start to the day. Did not last though :-(
looking down the first pitch.
karl topping out on the first pitch.
Karl on the 2nd pitch.
February 18th, 2014
Myself and Karl headed up to the Ben. We climbed Newbiggings Far Right Variation which was very good (but will need to get cold again. It had warmed up a lot through out the day). We then continued up The North East Buttress which was a sea of rime, it was in easy condition with a good line off steps to follow. A brilliant day out and we even got a view too. lots of folk about climbing. Things like Tower Ridge, Observatory Ridge, The Curtain, west ridge of the DB.
Karl on the north east buttress
love that view. some folk on the great tower.
The sea of rime.
February 17th, 2014
Today we headed into a very snowy SCNL. We managed to find our way to Scabbard Chimney with the help of a compass! the route is in amazing condition easy climbing but not very many runners, the same goes for Spectre. All good fun though. Other teams climbed Twisting Groves, Raeburns Route, Dorsal Arete and a team hoovering their way up Crest Route Effort!
Karl on Scabbard chimney
we just about found the ab point!