Ben Nevis Winter Mountaineering Course

Cairngorms & Ben Nevis Mountaineering

I’ve just finished three days of Winter Mountaineering with Mark and Sebastian, working for Peak Mountaineering. For the first two days, we were in the Cairngorms, where on day one we climbed up Fiacaill Ridge, looking at alpine ropework, before descending O.5 Gully, where we were able to look at snow anchors and axe belays. For our second day, Mark and Sebastian pitched their way up Aladdin’s Couloir, which was in go

od condition, with plenty of firm snow, particularly on the lower pitches.

Fiacaill Ridge Winter Mountaineering Course

Fiacaill Ridge

 

Fiacaill Ridge Winter Mountaineering Course

0.5 Gully

 

Coire an t-Sneadha Winter Mountaineering Course

Coire an t-Sneadha

 

Aladdin's Couloir Winter Mountaineering Course

Aladdin’s Couloir

Today, we decided to have a change of scenery, particularly as options were a bit limited over east, and came over to Ben Nevis, where the pair led their way up Ledge Route, which had more snow on it than expected, and required crampons from the platform above Carn Dearg Buttress.

Ledge Route Winter Mountaineering Course

Ledge Route

Still quite a bit of ice holding on to the cliffs of Ben Nevis, but from a distance, it’s hard to say how good it all is. Point 5, Glover’s Chimney, The White Line, NE Buttress, Tower Ridge and Green Gully have all seen ascents recently, but the warmer temperatures will be starting to take its toll on the ice. A couple of teams back off Comb Gully yesterday and today, reporting it to no longer be climbable.

Ben Nevis Winter Mountaineering Course

Ben Nevis

Winter Mountaineering Course

Red Deer on the descent

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