Another day, another type of weather. It looked hope full in the morning with some bright skies but cloud descended to 800m by mid day. Today was Barrie's first time on winter terrain so we did a quick run down on ice axe and crampon technique. Barrie progressed quickly and was confident so we headed up into No.4 Gully on Ben Nevis. There is a softish layer on the snowpack above 900m so not the nice hard neve like we had on Meagaidh yesterday, but lots of ice and hard snow lower down the hill. We were soon in cloud but it was nice with not many folk about. Barrie wanted to go to the summit so we did some navigation in the very poor visibility across the plateau. I thought it was July not January on the descent as two separate individuals wandering up the mountain path asking 'how far' and 'where is...' questions!