Sunday, 21 February 2010
Alpine weather on the Ben
What can you say, other than 'stunning'! This weekend we were with Adventure Peaks for a familiarisation weekend. The group was going round the CMD arete to the summit of the Ben, and in view of the snow on the forest tracks, we scrapped plans for Tower ridge in order to help with the transport. 13 of us piled in to my defender and another chap's disco 4 to get to the top car park!
There wasn't a breath of wind, and the sun shone for all but about 10 minutes. We started in daylight and finished in day light - most un-scottish! Teams out on NE Buttress, Tower and Ledge Route reported ok conditions. No body on any gullies - very sensible given the amount of unconsolidated powder.