/ Ben Nevis Conditions
Unless it thaws out significantly I'd say yes it's too risky, especially with an inexperienced group. But you could always hire kit and a guide?
Thought as much, just couldn't see much from webcam or recent pictures. Hiring kit might be an idea though I'm sure some will be happy just to trudge up the tourist route. Thanks.
The Ben in summer can be hairy to inexperienced people in winter conditions it kills and will show no mercy if your caught out in a a whiteout or changeable conditions.
I advise you do a basic winter skills course and get crampons ice axe and navigational experience in winter or hire a guide .
There are still good winter conditions on the Ben Hope this helps.
Do you want people's first experience of wearing crampons to be on consequential grade 1 ground? The pony track may feel adventurous enough as it is still snow-covered and may require careful navigation.
Those blogs have certainly helped! Having only done hills in the lowlands in the last few weeks and being out of touch I wasn't sure if it was still really winter in certain places.
Might just be avoiding the Ben then - any recommendations for an 'easier' and more enjoyable walk instead? Any idea if conditions on The Buachaille are reasonable?
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