Beautiful still day on the Breithorn today and set to continue to allow us to take in as many of the peaks in the photo as legs and heads will allow on our trip this week around the Swiss Italian border on our Italian High Level Route. A freeze over night and first lift shared with the Swiss ski team put us on our way to a quiet summit before the traverse to the excellent hospitality of the Ayas hut and superb coffee.
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The wind has swung northerly again and whilst it has been dry and warm for a few weeks, its now got a bit chilly again. The main areas of snow have all gone and running friend Finlay has taken the ridge record to a new low with more to come getting close to the 3 hour mark should be possible. Next week looks settled again for a few days worth of High pressure arriving. The Alps is still unsettled too and many friends there are still skiing great snow up high.
A classic rock week out enjoying Ardverikie Wall today before a visit to Rannoch Wall tomorrow to round off some of the areas best multi-pitch adventures at the easier end of the grading scale. Always quieter than their classic equivalents in N Wales!
Busy times on the hills and not enough admin time, we are getting there. We have been properly running too, Jura Fell race was perfect conditions and a great social weekend, so not all work. The blog will be running again properly from now, hopefully, so feel free to pass on stories you would like shared with plenty of pictures too. Web editing coming up next.
Picture taken by Adele Pennington on Right twin today, good conditions but exit a bit dodgy!
Thought you might like these for the blog ………. not a bad effort for an old ‘un (and mum did really well too!) pretty impressive for a 73 year old!! ……….. we should all have a few mountain days left in us yet!!! 5 1/2 hours up and about 3 1/2 down.
Typical Ben day. Icy on the zig zags, few snow flurries during ascent and descent and zero viz on the summit plateau. I was disappointed that mum didn’t get the views, but she didn’t mind as she said it was more exciting as it was. Lovely and clear below plateau level with great views, so a nice contrast. Usual selection of ill equipped people about. Possible to wander about in Merrel approach shoes (seemingly!!!!!) but much easier in crampons from about mid way up the zig zags. Compass essential on plateau as some cairns buried and you couldn’t see from one to another anyway ………… didn’t seem to stop some people though!!
Today the weather turned out better than forecast and thanks to Scott Kirkhope for this rather nice shot on Stob Ban.
Bad weather is on the way, followed by some really cold systems. Thanks to Dave Barker who took these photos over the weekend.
Just back. Beautiful day on Ben Nevis, but no one climbing except a few teams on Tower Ridge as far as we could see (which was to Skye from the plateau!). Here’s a few pics which you’re welcome to for your blog. Quite a few traditional routes possible, plus perfect mixed conditions. Lots of clear definition between scoured neve and windslab throughout the corries, so safe travel fairly obvious today. Neve is bullet! We did Green and Comb, the obvious classic choices.
Thanks Tim. Tim is runing the British Mountain Guides winter training course from Calluna this week.