Thursday, 29 December 2011


Plenty of Bergschrund's around
Great cramponing ground below Moonlight Buttress
Large winter skills group below Trident Buttress
Battling against the winds, another goggle day
There was overnight snow showers and more snow showers again through out today down to 500m bringing winter back to the mountains. Paul was on day two of his winter skills course with me today. There were quite a few folk out on the north face of The Ben, including a large winter skills group just in front of us. We headed into the Ciste Corrie and soon found some ice low down for Paul and I to go through crampon technique. A party of climbers passed by us who'd just retreated from No.2 Gully, severe winds forcing them down. It was much better than yesterday's ferocious blast, we only had 40-50mph winds to contend with today. There was excellent snow cover in the corrie with some good neve in places. The strong winds and snow showers were building up fresh wind slab today. The goggles made an appearence again today, with groupel flying about most of the day. On the way down we also covered some avalanche awareness. It was great to see and feel that winter was definitely back on The Ben after the recent tropical temperatures. If the winds ease and some thaw/freeze it looks like conditions could be brilliant.

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