Despite the forecast of gales on the high tops today Mark, Steve and I decided on Ledge Route up Ben Nevis. The guys were wanting to get to the summit of The Ben via an interesting way and they got it. They had never done any scrambling so this was a good introduction. We had the whole of the North Face to ourselves, it seemed, as there was no one in the car parks this morning. We were well sheltered from the strong SW winds all the way up. We soon got a load of snow showers at around 900m to spice up the day. It was pretty wintry on the plateau and around 3 inches of snow lying on the summit area, the gully tops are starting to get a good covering of snow now. It was another one of those 'several pairs of gloves day' in the wide range of temperature variations. Steve and Mark enjoyed their first taste of the Scottish mountains and are wanting to come back for more this winter! Most days are now starting to have a definite winter feel to them.