March 14th, 2014
A wee bit wetter than forecasted this morning and a colder forecast we decided to move are climbing day till tomorrow. We are all hoping that the ice routes are holding in up on the ben time will tell.
In the mean time this is worth a read and considering when you are making plans to climb this week.
This not today! but lets hope it returns, fingers crossed.
March 13th, 2014
With the warm temperatures and rain forecasted we headed to the Cairngorms for some mixed climbing. It was warm there too but their were no cornices above the Fiacaill Buttress. Gaz and Michael climbed Invernookie, it was in good condition with plenty of ice to climb the snow was getting soft towards the end of the day. We climbed The Seam it was wet but had some good ice in the back of the cracks. Fiacaill couloir had a steady stream of people going up it. Not much else happening in the rest of the corrie because of the risk of cornices.
good ice on the Seam.
spot the climbers
Coire an Lochain! looks menacing at the moment.
March 12th, 2014
Its all ways getting up early, quiet routes and good views. today me and Adrian climbed Minus 3 and the continued up NE Buttress. on the summit for lunch in the sun we had another team climb minus 3 later in the morning too, Plenty of folk enjoying Tower ridge, Observatory Ridge, routes on the Orion and minus face it was another especial day.
Early morning light on the NE Buttress
just coming thought the crux of minus 3.
High up on NE Buttress
Heading to the summit for a well earn’t butty
March 11th, 2014
Paul was out on tower ridge with Chris and Andrew. they had an amazing day with good views and sun shine! a rear treat this winter.
The summit of Ben Nevis
just coming out of tower gap.
Their were lots of teams out on the orion face and the minus face. all enjoying very good climbing conditions. I was out with Donald King and we climbed Left Hand route. a brilliant route. Still a lot of big cornice about so careful route choice is still needed. there were 3 reported cornice incident today.
1st pitch of left hand route
other teams enjoying the good conditions
spot the climbers.
the guys on tower ridge.
March 10th, 2014
After a very wet day yesterday the weather came good for us today.
The best view
We had two teams out on Ben Nevis. Paul, Chris and Andrew was out on Ledge Route, they enjoyed some brilliant views for the north face today.
The other team was myself, Adrian and john (All from the Flat lands!) we climbed the SW ridge of the douglas boulder and then headed over to Green hollow route. Two very nice routes again in stunning scenery.
Their were teams climbing all over the mountain today. It was good to see. we will wait for reports to find out what the ice and condition are like high up on the mountain.
SW Ridge in good condition.
Descending from green hollow route.
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!