Sunday, 29 March 2015

Wet rock in the Glen and fresh snow on the Ben

Yesterday I was out with Prashant who was making his third trip back to Fort William this Winter. The weather was looking less than promising so we started the day in the Ice Factor looking at more of the fundamentals of rock climbing movement. We also had a play using some prussiks to ascend and descend a rope and some other bits and pieces of ropework. With the forecast predicting that things would dry up, we left the comfort of inside and headed to Glen Nevis for some real rock! Things started off dry but we were quickly drenched as some heavy showers passed over us. Having water trickle up your sleeves when climbing isn't really the most pleasant feeling but Prashant was still smiling! We finished the day with an abseil back to dry(ish) ground!

Today I was out with Bill and Keith who after an epic drive from Exeter yesterday, we're still raring to go and climb Ben Nevis today. They were raising money for Sainsburys' Charities.
After a wet start, the promised lull came and despite some trail breaking and white out conditions, we made great time to the summit and had it all to ourselves. The chaps just about flew down the mountain which saw us back down in not far over 6 hours! A superb effort guys!

 Meanwhile on the other side of the Ben, Steve was out with Prashant on Ledge Route and reported plenty fresh snow there too!