/ Ben Nevis
Pretty much easy gullies only as of yesterday. Can't speak for Smiths but there were only a few small isolated patches of ice in Coire na Ciste yesterday.
On Sunday the ridges looked like wet rock with soft snow in between.
Briliant alpine day up No 5 gully (completely filled down to scree) and along CMD on Sunday. Castle R certainly clear. NE looks white around 40ft corner area. Was very alpine feel with a few large crashes through the mist during the day as hanging glaciers dumped seracs...well sounded like that. Then about 5pm all cleared to amazing blue and big heat.
were you hoping for rock or snow?
Not been on it recently, but it tends to thaw out pretty early, with the exception of the approach up No.5 Gully which isn't steep. Obviously this isn't first-hand, but I'd be surprised if you felt the need for winter kit.
looking to get on rock and wondering if the Ben is still out
Still lots of snow in the big gullies looking at the photos but what do you expect it's only June... See https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.531660056869520.1073741962.100000765906412&type=1
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