For the fifth and final day of our Introduction to Winter Climbing Course, we decided to go for a classic route on Ben Nevis; Castle Ridge.
With absolutely no chance of any avalanches coming down from either of the Castle Gullies, we were able to take a direct approach, which is much easier than it appears from a distance. This makes Castle Ridge one of the most accessible routes on Ben Nevis.
There’s quite a bit of ice low down on the route, but of varying quality, however, the turf is well frozen. The snow is still quite soft throughout, making some sections, particularly higher up a little awkward underfoot. That said the climb was excellent as always and enjoyed by all.
That finishes five very varied days on the first Introduction to Winter Climbing Course of the season. No sign of this cold weather easing, and looks like we could see some more snow early next week.
Just a reminder that we have a space on our 5 Day Winter Mountaineering Course, 28 Jan – 1 Feb. If you fancy learning how to tackle grade I & II gullies and ridges safely, then get in touch.