A beautiful today on Ben Nevis, with afternoon sunshine and blue skies after some cloudy conditions in the morning. George and I stayed clear of any gully climbs today and headed along Ledge Route, the classic ridge route. The first ledge out of No.5 Gully had little snow on it so instead we headed further up No.5 until reaching the big sweeping bay which had some good snow cover, then traversing onto the ridge section of the route. There was just enough snow/ice on the lower section of this to justify crampons and then the second half has excellent snow cover, despite the thaw conditions we had recently. We just got onto the plateau and the cloud cleared for a wonderful afternoon in T-shirts on the descent. Rounded off the day nicely with the company of a pair ptarmigan, quite happy for me to be photographing them. A fine day and down at 3pm!