Starting up the first pitch

Starting up the first pitch

Today was the best looking forecast for a while so with high hopes and walking crampons firmly stored away, Duncan and I walked into the North Face of Ben Nevis to see what was in condition. After a bit of deliberation we settled on a line cutting through Moonlight Gully Buttress. Our guidebook didn’t have any routes listed so we just picked a line that looked good and split it into three pitches, the first being the best and the middle and last being little tame.

There were a few other teams out and about. Ken and his client went to climb No.3 Gully Buttress, a team looked to be heading for SW Ridge of the boulder and a few others were heading into the Ciste although they appeared shortly afterwards so we were unsure as to what they climbed.

Overall conditions were reasonable, lots of snow overnight giving the Ben an aesthetic covering, nothing feels quite stuck together after the recent thaw but forecast winds didn’t really materialise (thankfully). Looks wild tomorrow – where will we go??

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It was a full Goretex and goggles day

It was a full Goretex and goggles day

Duncan starting up the second pitch

Duncan starting up the second pitch

Topping out on Moonlight Gully Buttress

Topping out on Moonlight Gully Buttress

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