Today I met Will who had won a day out with The Ice Factor through Red Letter Days. We talked through the options and Will (who is taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme and has done some indoor climbing) fancied the sound of a mountaineering day. With a fine forecast we headed for Ben Nevis and Tower Ridge. Will has a long pair of legs and we set a good pace to the CIC hut. The builders working on the extension were hard at work and enjoying the dry weather. On the ridge we saw climbers on Observatory Ridge and Raeburns Arête/NE Buttress. We passed the site of the impressive Echo Wall Dave Macleod’s hard new route and overtook a party of 3 on the way to a lunch stop on the Great Tower. We provided the usual entertainment for the hordes on the summit as we crossed Tower Gap. Once on the plateau we headed to the top for Will’s first ever visit before our descent. A pleasant day out in dry weather.