Ken: Today turned out to be far wilder than the forecasts suggested, with the winds gusting over 60mph at 900m. Jon, Phil and I climbed the East Ridge of the North Top of Stob Ban, along with another West Coast Mountain Guides team, led by Jamie.
Needless to say, it was a touch breezy at times. Conditions on the route are generally pretty good, with plenty of consolidated snow throughout. We didn’t hang around on topping out, and made a fairly swift exit down the north ridge. The weather seemed to ramp up a notch at about 3pm, as the winds and precipitation increased. It’s looking to be far more settled over the next few days though.