Ken: Back to the office today, this time with Dave and Jay who have come up from Essex to squeeze in a bit of post Christmas winter climbing.
With a lot of unconsolidated snow in the corries and gullies, and with the winds due to strengthen at around midday, we decided that Castle Ridge on Ben Nevis would fit the bill and offer a bit of shelter. The winds did seem to shift about a bit, but were more than manageable.
There’s a lot of snow on the ridge right now, a stark contrast to conditions this time last year. The snow was starting to consolidate lower down, but still remains fairly soft higher up. All in all, it’s great to see how wintry things are in the hills right now, and the good news is that it’s here to stay.