Alan, there’s a good pic here of Tower gully which shows the amount of snow – this was taken on the descent and the footholds below were cut by me on the way up..
Hi Alan, the last Munro outing on the Ben went very well except for my brother’s crampons were useless in the soft neve. he never made it past Tower scoop.
The neve started about 150m below Tower scoop and the traverse above Tower scoop was complete into Tower gully. There was a big crevasse about 12ft deep at the left side of Tower Scoop as you had predicted. There was sufficient snow in the narrows to continue though.
I enjoyed being back in the snow and it made the descent easier too – the pic attached is of me descending. The other pic is of 4 Munro compleatists from Linlithgow at the summit of Ben Nevis – from right to left – Pete Buck, Paul Birrel Robin Bennie and me.
It would have been 5 Compleatists from Linlithgow if my brother John had been wearing better crampons.
Still it was a great day and a word of warning to anyone who climbs ice in the summer – don’t try ice axe arrest without gloves! I have two holes in my knuckles to show that’s it’s not a great idea..never felt a thing probably due to the drams we had on the summit.
Well done guys and still snow to climb in July on Ben Nevis,