(Steve) It was lovely on Castle Ridge today. Nick and I enjoyed the ascent in warm sunshine whilst the majority of the North Face was shrouded in mist. No crampons required and not too much greasy rock which I have always found Castle Ridge suffers from so shortly after the winter. We took a walk over to the summit as it was Nicks first time climbing on Ben Nevis. Snow conditions are really friendly on the tourist path although it is certainly a necessity to be able to navigate safely as the cairns are still well buried especially at the crucial dogleg near the summit. An epic but controlled bum-slide back down the red burn made things easy on the legs.