Still Ice on Compression Cracks lower pitches
Its curtains for the Curtain
Lots of snow melt todayToday I was working for West Highland College's Adventure Tourism Management Degree course today. It was wet, it was mild and it was fairly wild.
We went up on Ben Nevis to see if there was any ice left low in Coire na Ciste hoping to let the students get crampons on. We actually ended up talking about group management techniques, staying efficient in bad weather, games to illustrate the snowpack, river crossings and making good decisions about working and running away!
We also observed plenty of truely unpleasant human waste left by the receding snow just above the CIC hut (toilet paper and used female sanitary products) and somewhat bizarrely a deckchair in the Allt a Mhuillin (which we carried out).
The Curtain is gone, most of the snow below the level of the Ciste Lochan/base of No.5 has gone (looks to be plenty above that though). Vanishing Gully was only a waterfall, Tower Ridge was black as far as we could see and there is a large amount of avalanche debris visible below Observatory Gully.
What does remain higher up (and there is plenty in the major gully lines) should be very nice when it freezes again.