We've had a further overnight flurry of snow in the Highlands, and it seems that someone has flicked on the ice making switch on Ben Nevis, as the ice is rapidly forming. Routes like Compression Cracks, Boomer's Requiem, The Shroud and the Curtain are all forming well.
I was out with Phil and his son; Oscar, and together, we made an ascent of Ledge Route. It was impressive to see how much more snow had fallen overnight, and how much more ice had developed over the past couple of days. We took crampons and ice axes with us, but didn't require them. It wouldn't take much of a thaw and refreeze to change all that though.
It felt quite a bit cooler today, and not a day for hanging around, so we made swift progress up Ledge Route, and over to the summit.
The cold weather looks to be with us for the next two or three days, before a thaw sets in over the weekend. After that, there's a good chance that things will cool back down again.
Ledge Route is a brilliant way up the north face of Ben Nevis, and is suitable for those with a bit of hillwalking experience. It involves a little bit of easy scrambling (using your hands) and a small bit of exposure. If this interests you, or you would like more information, visit: