Monday, 8 March 2010

NO.4 GULLY & CMD ARETE - BEN NEVIS

Another stunning day in The Highlands,again! With sub zero overnight temperatures there was a good crust on the snow pack today, higher up the snow is consolidating well. I headed up No. 4 Gully on The Ben, still easy exit, well trodden and some harder snow. Such a lovely day I went round the Carn Mor Dearg Arete after visiting the summit. Wonderful sunshine all day and the arete is in wonderful condition with lots of snow . The camera was snapping away all day today, as you'll notice from the amount of pics! I went via the Pony track this morning to have a peek at the avalanche debris from the Red Burn area earlier last week. Amazing amount of snow, totally covering the path and almost landed in the Lochan Meall ant-Suide. There is a large boulder there too! A smaller point release avalanche also just before the first aluminimum bridge which also brought down a small tree right on the footpath. A couple more 'Alpine like' days to come, enjoy!!

2 comments:

John Birtill said...

Hi Gary.

Nice to meet you on the CMD arete on Monday. Great photos from a great day. The slope down to the CIC hut was tricky - soft snow on icy base - but I kicked a staircase of steps much of the way.

Best wishes,

John

Gary said...

Hi John
Good to meet you too. I've sent the pics for you.
Best wishes
Gary