It wasn't especially cold today but there was fresh snow down to below 500m (and it was falling lower as we walked out). There are still old snow patches in the coires and major easy gullies and there was a great deal of snow being blown into those areas again today. Lots of graupel in evidence flowing like water over the crags and things are still wet certainly as high as the top of Moonlight Gully Buttress. I could see clearly that there was no rime at all today in Coire na Ciste and a pair of climbers had been up high in Observatory Gully reporting nothing there either. There is a very little wet ice forming as snow has been plastered to faces in places like Hadrians Wall but its a long way from climbable yet. Continued cooler temperatures might begin to freeze and rime things a little by the weekend but it will be interesting to see what the temperatures do after that.
Ben Nevis this morning
Lots of snow blowing
Coire na Ciste
Snow gathering behind micro features...
...but what does it mean when its on both sides?
Our third 'key place' today
This was filling in calf deep footprints in an hour today
Debris below No. 5 Gully, probably from yesterday
It was also great to bump into Rog and Cath at the CIC Hut today. I last saw them when we did Curved Ridge and Ledge Route together in the winter 5 or 6 years ago! Rog kindly sent me this picture of us heading up today.
And finally a quick vid from today: