Incredible amounts of snow up there for April. Boomerang Gully looks completely banked out from below. The first pitch of Dorsal is pretty much missing- buried and almost uniformly fading into Broad Gully, higher up where it narrows there were soft snow aretes that were waist and even chest high in places.
Ruairidh and Nathan swung leads on the route including the fin whilst I soloed offering advice and tips. There was a cool breeze as I topped out and a hint of the sun trying to burn through but soaked through we were glad to make our way back down into the shelter of the core to dekit. Following the rim needed a little care as the light was very, very flat and the cornices wet, soft and drooping. Max reported hearing some avalanches on Ben Nevis today and I'm betting they were caused by collapsing cornices and with more mild weather forecast they are worth bearing in mind over the weekend.
Well done to Ruairidh who has been out for 4 days with me over the winter and has used his summer leading training to move into winter climbing and thanks to Nathan for coming along to be on the other end of the rope.
Spot the climbers in the mist far below
Pitch 1 where are you?
Ruaraidh finds some climbing on the right
Steeper and narrower
Yet more snow
Leaving that last runner as long as possible!
'Left a bit…'