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Topic - UKC Conditions Report Ben Nevis 29 March 12

Mike Pescod - on 29 Mar 2012
The last week felt more like good summer weather than winter climbing weather. While high temperature records were being set in the glens, the dry atmosphere and slight frosts over night kept the snow firm and the ice good to climb ... what was left of it.

Smith's Route was climbed on Tuesday, Upper Tower Cascade Left Hand, Gardyloo Gully and Number Two Gully plus the grade I gullies all saw ascents.

Today though with higher humidity and a breeze the snow was mushy and the ice running with water. I went up Tower Gully with an open mind but was happy not to climb anything steep.

So, at last, it's just about all gone. Gardyloo Gully, Number Two Gully and the Grade I gullies are all that's left really. The great ridges are just about free of snow but it would be sensible to carry an ice axe anyway. We are forecast colder temperatures in the coming week so don't get caught out - it is only March still, despite appearances!

UKC Ben Nevis Correspondent
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