Ben Nevis 29-03-12

Great on the Ben again today, some cloud about but we were above it most of the day.  Seems there was a lot more moisture in the air though and there had been no overnight freeze so the ice was running with water with lumps coming off now and then.

We changed our plan from Smiths Route and went for a dash up Gardyloo Gully, then looked at snow bollards with an ab into Tower Gully.  We then finish with a couple of pitches of grade III ice just left of Tower Cascade left-hand.

A freeze is now needed to help secure much of the ice that is still about.  Ridges and rock routes were still looking good with fairly dry rock, Centurion has been climbed a few times over the past few days.

Gardyloo Gully Tunnel

Ab into Tower Gully

Far Left Cascade III