Ben Nevis Conditions – 11/12/13-02-15

Ivan joined us for 3 great days of guided climbing last week.  With ice conditions so good on the Ben we decided to focus our 3 days there.  After a thaw it got cold again on Tuesday night for our first day out, we decided on the classic Glovers Chimney on day 1, Ivan had looked down it from Tower Ridge last year and liked the look of it!  Day 2 had us on Green Gully, another classic in perfect condition.  And day 3 we headed for the Curtain for Ivan’s first technical 5, again, conditions were perfect and the challenge was enjoyed by Ivan!  We also had time for a quick ascent of Waterfall Gully followed by and abb descent, it was (as I’m sure you’ve guessed!) in very good condition…  A brilliant 3 days on the the Ben.  Many of the classic ice routes are looking great currently, Mega Route X, Hadrian’s Wall, Point 5, Zero, the Shroud, Boomers Requiem, etc etc… High mixed is also looking good with some new routes added this week..

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The Curtain

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Mega Route X

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The Curtain

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No.3 Gully Buttress

 

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The Castle Coire

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Waterfall Gully

Glovers Chimney

Glovers Chimney

 

Mark Rock Climbing Course

‘Having spend three days in the mountains with Paddy I’ve got to say he’s the best guide I’ve ever worked with. Everything was pitched perfectly for my individual level - the choice of climbs, the balance between learning and mileage on the crag, all suited my level of experience. In three days I went from never having climbed trad to leading VD, seconding HVS+ and ticking off a classic mountain route, all thanks to Paddy’s professionalism and enthusiasm. Can’t wait to get out there again!’