We hope that you all had a great Christmas! Hannah was out on Ben Nevis yesterday and with the skies being so clear, was able to get a good look at the crags. There’s plenty of rime about, however the snow is unconsolidated, and so getting around the mountain is still quite awkward.
People are sticking to the ridges and buttresses for the time being, with teams on North East Buttress, SW Ridge, Tower Ridge and a number of steeper mixed lines either side of No.3 Gully.
Alan Kimber went for a look at the East Face of Aonach Mor, but reported pretty lean conditions. http://alankimber-mountaineering.co.uk/2017/12/poor-climbing-conditions-on-aonach-mor/ At least the turf up there will be freezing well!