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Topic - Ben Nevis conditions

flo1 - on 04 Feb 2013
It'll all change with the bad weather coming, but I thought I'd give you an update on the conditions last weekend.

Saturday 2 Feb was a beautiful day with the snow line a few hundred meters below the CIC hut. We did Point Five Gully, which was in great conditions for climbing and in not so good conditions for protecting. The ice was soft and the holds positive, but it was at times hard to find screw placements. We managed to find some, though. The tad belays are visible, pitons etc. are frozen over and hard to find. The funnel above the hard pitches was hard neve and nice to climb - so was the cornice (passed on the right). There were about three parties coming behind us. Also Zero Gully was climbed by several parties.

Hadrian's Wall Direct was too thin to climb, so was Smith's Route. The Curtain is there but looks very thin.

On Sunday 3 Feb it started thawing to about 800 meters, witch high winds. Vanishing Gully had vanished, so we did Tower Scoop, which was in great conditions (no thaw at that level of altitude).

Have fun and be safe.

Florian
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