Snow On The Ben - Winter Comethby Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Nov/2009
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"After a stiff walk in to the CIC hut the snow began pretty much as we hit the ridge and it was deep in places. In fact above 750m every groove, hollow and flat ledge on Tower Ridge held between one and two feet of fresh powder - I began digging... Under the snow or on walls, in cracks and on bare rock moisture had frozen to a fine coating of verglas. The axe and crampons were definitely needed today..."
"On the summit plateau there was calf deep fresh snow and people had been following the re-located cairns (see: UKC News for details) leaving a fine trail to the summit."
The weather forecast is looking 50/50 for more climbing over the weekend, but regardless of the imminent conditions we hope this short news item has sparked a flame of excitement and psyche for the 2009/2010 winter season. Bring it on!
Coming next Monday we have a double dose of Ben Nevis with a review of the new book Ben Nevis Britain's Highest Mountain and a destination article to winter climbing on 'The Ben' written by local climbing superstar Dave MacLeod.
Alan Halewood is a Mountaineering Instructor - check his website for more details.