/ Any idea of climbing conditions on Ben Nevis
My climbing partner and I are hoping to make the 10 hour drive up to Ben Nevis for some climbing Friday till Monday this week. Does anyone know what the conditions are like up there?
Routes we're thinking of include Tower Ridge, Green Gully, Comb Gully & North-East Buttress. If anyone has any info on these routes it would be very much appreciated.
Pretty crap. Snow mostly unconsolidated and unbonded.
Some good icefalls though but nothing to get excited about.
There today, the mountain is storm bound at the moment and looks like staying that way till Wednesday night.
There is a fair amount of ice forming but things like the curtain and vanishing are not there yet. There is heaps of snow high up and by the weekend, if it settles down, then conditions could be good. Green and Comb will be ok but will need a few days to consolidate once the stormy weather has abated.
Cold conditions forecast for thurs / fri and then slightly milder sat / sun.
No problem, hopefully this thaw does the conditions some good in the long run :-)
I will return the favour by reporting on the conditions as I leave (if we do make it up with this weather that is)
Friday looks decent, Saturday starting cold but getting mild. Sunday looks a bit crap.
The current long range looks more freeze than thaw, with possibility of things going properly back to freeze in the long run, looks very positive for late season conditions building. http://weather.unisys.com/gfsx/gfsx.php?inv=0&plot=850®ion=eu&t=9p
Anybody been out today? Sounds like a decent sized dump of snow has fallen.
Loads. Too much. Lots of sloughs today and a worrying layer of graupel now in the snowpack. Plenty of ice too but it's all buried. I'd go somewhere else.
Avalanche outlook is heavily dependant on weather forecast being correct. Weather forecast wrong = avalanche outlook not so correct!
Hence the importance of 'on the hill' observations as you walk in/approach the climb. Good call though by the sound of things to bail when ya did.
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