Gill & Andy were out with me today on The Ben. The weather forecast for today was for early rain easing off and the gale force winds easing through the day. As we headed up the Allt a' Mhuillin there was hardly a breeze so we decided on a day up Ledge Route and then down via the CMD arete. The cloud was lifting and breaking through the day and high up on Ledge Route we got lovely glimpses. We saw no one all day until the summit, even here there were less than a dozen folk. Then as we headed down to the CMD arete we had the SE winds in our faces but the strong winds did shift the cloud. It was a tad breezy along the ridge and as we got closer to Carn Mor Dearg the cloud lifted completely for a time. We got back to the NF carpark just before dark, just over 9 hours-a good day out and well done to Andy & Gill, their first time on Scottish mountains.