Friday, 18 April 2014

18.4.14 Blowy day on the Ben

Today I was working for Atlas Mountaineering guiding Nat, Nicola, Brenden and Conor on the Ben Nevis mountain path.  The weather was very challenging today with high winds and strong gusts, although the rain stayed away for the most part.  The current conditions on the path is that with the exception of a thawing redburn path junction, snow free up until halfway up zig zag 4.  Above here, the snow was very hard and icy and crampons were definitely required.  We made good time to the summit and enjoyed some lunch inside the summit shelter before enduring some horrendous wind gusts and very poor visibility on descent.  A challenging day, but over all enjoyable with everyone happy to reach the top, well done guys!

my group at the top of the zig zags

Nat, Nicola, Conor and Brendan happy at the summit!

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