Paul and I made a rather wintry ascent of Tower Ridge today. With a couple of fairly strong gusts whilst walking up towards the CIC Hut this morning, I must admit, I had my fingers crossed that the weather would do as the forecasts predicted, which was for the winds to ease off from late morning. Thankfully they did, but the weather didn't ease off before it had put down a good dusting of snow above 1100m, up to 4 inches in sheltered spots.
That said, the snow was all very cosmetic and didn't affect much of the scrambling on Tower Ridge. If anything, it added a greater sense of wilderness and adventure to the proceedings. Paul, who has already completed all bar 16 Munros, took Tower Ridge in his stride, and we were soon on the snow-covered plateau. After popping over to the summit, we made our way back down Ledge Route, rounding off a brilliant day of mountaineering on Ben Nevis.
The snow patches beneath Point Five Gully and Gardyloo Gully are still holding on, but only just.