It's that time of year again when you can have a leisurely start and still do a reasonable day out on the hill. The cloud and drizzle was replaced by sunshine at 11am this morning so I headed out and up The Ben. It was really warm on the walk in along the Allt a' Mhuillin with a lot of snow melt so wet feet at the river crossing. Only saw one other person all day on the way up to No.4 Gully. Snow cover is still plenty in the Ciste Corrie and quite soft. Ice in places on higher routes. There wasn't any previous footprints up the gully which was very pleasant. Found out why-as the cornice was looking decidedly dodgy in the warm temperatures and from previous days snowfall/wind/thaw, obviously no one had been down or up for a while. So headed back down from the cornice as the late afternoon sun touched the tops of the North Face, great for photos. It felt lovely and warm on the walk out as the sun slowly dipped, back home before dark even after a lazy start.