Wednesday, 5 December 2012

02.12.12 - Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Parking at the North Face car park in Torlundy, the smugness of the 28th of November had subsided to an apathetic feeling of dread when we thought about the long walk up to the CIC hut.  We did however get on with it and a good mix of witty banter and mutual suffering made the journey tolerable!  We soon found ourselves gearing up under Carn Dearg to beautifully clear views.  The route itself was in very good condition underfoot, an advantage of its popularity I would guess.  A very enjoyable straightforward ascent amidst great views was savoured by all.  After a few photos, we headed for our descent route, No4 Gully.  When we reached the Gully top we were greeted by a foreign climber who had just ascended No4 Gully and very kindly offered us a sip from his hip flask, thinking it would be rude to refuse, we all indulged ...Talisker, Jackpot!   After a few more photos we descended No4 Gully, which was in good conditions if a little lean. Yet another magical day out, big thanks to Kev, Dave, Dessie, Craig and Anna!

Heading up the long long road to the CIC hut

Approaching the initial slab of Ledge Route (II)

Dessie, Craig and Anna high on the route

good conditions

Good Company 

Ben Nevis, CMD and the Aonachs 

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