Wednesday, 22 December 2010


Another stunning day (how many is that now?) . Emily and Mark are getting spoiled this week with these fabulous conditions. Today we went up No.4 Gully on Ben Nevis. Pretty quiet up the coire, few teams out on Creag Corrie na Ciste and over on Green Gully. Our gully had a few areas of windslab but these are really obvious and easily avoided. We did some avalanche evaluation lower down in the corrie before heading up. Lunch on the plateau in sunshine and no wind so another day of lunching with glove less hands! Got nice pics of the snow buntings today, posing in the sun and snow before heading down the Red Burn. The surface snow crystals are now getting plenty of kinetic growth in these constant sub zero temperatures and some fabulous sized facets on the surface, beautiful to look at but a weak layer in the snowpack if we get fresh snowfall (see last pic). Fabulous views today, minus 10 at sea level this afternoon.

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