It feels like a while since I was last on Ben Nevis, so it was good to be back on home turf. I was joined by David, who has had his sights on Tower Ridge for quite some time. We were also joined by Ben Turner, who was keen to observe me working on a classic mountaineering route.
The day started off with a bit of cloud, but it lifted throughout the day, and dried the rock off in the process, giving us a pleasant ascent of one of the longest and finest routes in the UK.
There’s no snow on the ridge at all, but still plenty lying in the high corries and gullies. Instead of descending the Mountain Track, we decided to descend Ledge Route instead, giving a brilliant circuit and for David, it provided good prep for his forthcoming trip to the Monta Rosa area of the Swiss Alps.
A couple of other teams on Tower Ridge and one team on Ledge Route. Other than that, it was a quiet day on the north side of Ben Nevis.
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