Everyday Adventurer Gary Hodgson – A blast of winter

After getting an update on the weather forecast first thing this morning, things didn’t look that bad. If you’d have looked at last nights weather forecast it looked a very dismal picture!

Jo & Pete were out with me today and they wanted an interesting way to the summit of Ben Nevis. It was a shame that the last 3 days have been glorious here in the Highlands but as we walked up beside the Allt a’ Mhuillin the tops were clear of cloud so not all bad.

A cold Easterly wind was swirling around the coire but we had already decided on Ledge Route so headed up the Ciste Corrie. Once on the narrow upper section things were actually fine with only a stiff breeze blowing at around 40mph.

Great views all the way to the plateau of The Ben’s fine rock architecture. There was an hour or so of light snow/sleet as we headed up to the summit and the final 50m of so there was a few cm’s of lying snow. This was Jo’s and Pete’s first taste of big mountains and they had never done any scrambling before so well done to them.

Tarmachan Mountaineering has now relocated to Aviemore in The Cairngorms where most of my courses will be run. I will, of course, still be up and down the hills of Lochaber no doubt!