Ashley, Kirstine and Bridget summited Ben Nevis today in challanging conditions. The morning was heavy rain and 40mph Southerly winds. Above Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe the winds eased but by this point we were soaked and it was below freezing at the summit. Windchill was a big factor today and several ill- equiped parties were heading down from the snowline, which was about 1000m. We heared from several people about 80mph winds and knee high snow which was obviously not the case wheen we arrived at the top. Still at least most folk had sense to head down when they realised they weren't clothed or had the navigational skills to cope.
We were treated to beautiful sunshine late afternoon as we descended. The hill was very quiet too.
Well done to the girls for coping with the conditions and for their great achievment. I think they're off to buy some gloves as they used up my supply!