/ First seasion winter climbing help
Is there no good ice below that bridge you live under?
The routes you mention are both grade V. It would be normal to first lead some easier routes to build up experience, maybe around grade II/III initially. If these feel too easy, try something harder, and so on.
Also note that Ben Nevis routes can be quite long, there is something to be said for getting started on shorter routes (such as those in the Northern Corries) while you get more efficient at managing your day.
Assuming this is real I wouldnt try to compare anything with routes on The Ben. The approach is longer and more serious as are the routes and the weather.
Twisting Gully (III), Curved Ridge (II/III), or the classic but long Aonach Eagach (II). Avalanche risk and daylight hours to be considered :)
> Twisting Gully (III), Curved Ridge (II/III), or the classic but long Aonach Eagach (II). Avalanche risk and daylight hours to be considered :)
Not to mention the ability to navigate, especially on the top of Ben Nevis!
I'm wary of making recommendations which may get you into trouble, when I know little or nothing about your and your partner's experience or preparedness. It's not as simple as just ticking off routes, if you want to have a long and successful life in the snow there are a great number of things to get to grips with, not all of which involve a rope!
As a priority, think about winter navigation, avalanche awareness and confident movement on unroped but consequential terrain. There is much to be said for becoming a winter walker first and then a climber. Apologies if you have done this already and all this is condescending, but has your partner? If not then looking after him is a whole new skill-area in itself.
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