With very little snow fall over the last few weeks Ben Nevis is currently the most reliable venue for intro mountaineering routes. Today the big easy gullies were full, some of the high buttress’ were nice and white and the great ridges looked enjoyable even though they are a little bare.
I was out with Richard and Kieran who have a little winter experience and a reasonable amount of rock climbing under their belts. They wanted a long mountaineering route so we went up Observatory Gully before traversing over and finishing up Tower Gully. Both Richard and Kieran were enjoying the route enough to be keen for the sharp end so they swung leads for a couple of pitches before I took them through the small cornice. We made short work of descending a well stepped out No4 Gully to get us back into a lean Coire na Ciste. A nice wintry day to be out on the hill, I was working for West Coast Mountain Guides.
Other teams were on Tower Ridge, Number Three Gully Buttress, Garyloo Gully, Hobgoblin, Number 2 and Number 3 Gully. We need snow and lots of it!