/ UKC/UKH Winter Conditions Report - Ben Nevis 16th January 2014
Today the snow was very stable in the cooler conditions. Despite some stars being out last night and a wee frost at sea level the snow did not freeze completely. There is still soft and crusty snow in the coires and gullies of Ben Nevis. I was hoping for a day in crunchy hard snow but it was not as good as expected. Water was running down the ice and it seemed to be above freezing at 1000m.
However, ice has been forming and we have an amazing cover of snow. There is ice on The Shroud and Waterfall Gully has formed again. The Curtain is complete but too thin for secure climbing and it's the same on other routes such as The Chute. Gully climbs such as Green Gully and Point Five Gully might be quite nice now but it's hard to say - I think they might be a bit soft still. The higher crags are rimed up. There were people climbing SW Ridge of Douglas Boulder, Tower Ridge, Ledge Route and something on South Trident Buttress. A hard freeze would be nice now.
Cheers for that Mike, planning on pottering about down Glencoe way this weekend so every little bit of info helps.
At the risk of seeming ungrateful, what do you reckon the snowline was sitting at?
There's good snow cover from just below the CIC Hut. So the snow line must be about 600m to 650m or so.
Was there any ice on the slab traverse of route 2 direct by any chance?
There is snow and some ice on the big traverse on Route Two. There is little ice on the Direct start.
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