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Another day another temperature inversion and it was a stunner! Neither Hannah nor I had ever seen the cloud so thick during an inversion, rolling over the distant mountains like water and working its way further up the North face as we climbed higher.

The team heading up....

The team heading up….

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I was working on the CMD Arête for West Coast Mountain Guides. Hannah and I had ten folk from Ireland all keen to get to the summit of the Ben by one of its best routes. The arête is currently in easy walking condition, with just a few patches of soft snow to negotiate along the crest. The final pull from the old abseil posts to the top of the Ben was slushy in the afternoon sunshine, we donned crampons and axes here just to ensure some traction.

North Face of Ben Nevis looking spectacular

North Face of Ben Nevis looking spectacular

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Its no surprise the mountain was busy with tons of people, friends and other instructors all making the most of it. I’ve not had many better weather days on Ben Nevis, infact it was probably one of the best I have witnessed – a true stunner. The summit has recently been recalculated a couple of centimetres higher than previously taking it over the ’rounding up’ margin to 1345m, today it felt like the most awesome place to be in the UK.

Summit shot....

Summit shot….

What a cool day - starting in the mist and climbing out into this!

What a cool day – starting in the mist and climbing out into this!

Obligatory selfie

Obligatory selfie

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