/ anyone been on Ben Nevis today?
Haven't been on the hill, but can see a fair bit of new snow from about 700m upwards. Based on daytime temperatures I suspect this may be a bit slushy, but it might firm up a little tomorrow?
Did the snow line go lower than that at all?
You're a bit keen! When are you actually getting here?
Wednesday. I'm not expecting full winter nick just an update :-)
Keep an open mind and you should get at least a little winter ambience, if not actual "conditions" if you go high enough!
Was on the Ben today, plenty of fresh snow about from 2 nights ago, no.3 buttress routes looked good to go, think it might all change tomorrow though! Did Curved Ridge and Crowberry on Saturday, snow line 2/3 of the way up Curved Ridge, plenty lying there on.
Will put some photos on in a bit...
Yes. Plenty of wet snow high up today. Not anywhere near freezing on a sporting Castle Ridge. Looks like it will all get washed away tomorrow.
see - http://mountaincircles.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/ben-nevis-conditions-11-11-12.html
Is it really looking like the whole lot of snow will go then?
The forecast suggests allot will melt but to be honest at this time of year it is what the mountains need as it builds up a good amount of ice for further into the season. Just have to wait and see what we are left with this time next week.
Good effort getting up Glovers - what was the lower section (which is normally an ice-fall) like?
Do you still have the option of heading somewhere else for some dry rock-climbing? It might be better use of time...
Lower icefall was more like a build up of cruddy snow, just managed to get onto it from the left then traverse across the steepening to get into the gully above. No gear for 50m and a little delicate but solid enough.
Four of us did North East Buttress yesterday. Lots of powder which made things quite time consuming, but a great long day out and pretty good early season conditions really.
Unfortunately, the majority is bound to have stripped (from buttresses at least) today.
Thanking you, Danny!
Not looking good on the cams today........cloud, cloud and more cloud!
To be fair I don't think you missed much at the weekend. We went up to c1050m alt on the Ben on sunday and it was still well above freezing. The high stuff LOOKED good but wasn't really for us.
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