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Ben Nevis Winter climbing conditions

I am running a separate page this year for conditions on Ben Nevis. It is under the Winter section of the website. The link is here BEN NEVIS CONDITIONS.

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This is where you can find some pictures and blogs of what I have been up to. I'm not the most avid blogger in the world!, but when the Winter comes there will be regular conditions updates for Ben nevis as well as a dedicated Ben Nevis conditions page this coming winter.

Cheers
Richard 

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Category: Summer 2015

An evening stroll up Ben Nevis yesterday. Lots of snow on the Plateau still but the North face ridges are starting to clear nicely. A word of warning to anyone
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Category: Summer 2015

Winter mountaineering on Ben Nevis with Paul on the weekend in preparation for his attempt on Mont Blanc. Amazing conditions for this time of year but it would be good now if
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Category: Summer 2015

Pretty frustrating at the moment with Skye work and skye ridge traverses being difficult to fit in with our poor May weather. It has been one of the worst May's so far that I can remember for Skye, and I have done nearly 100 traverses over the past 15 years! Cold and constant westerlies give little chance for a traverse. At the least, a two day skye ridge traverse needs
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Category: Winter

A final couple of winter climbing days on Ben Nevis on Mon / tues with Ruth..or is it? This weekend looks pretty good for Sunday as it is now cold till then. Sunday may well be the best day to get one last hit in. There is plenty of good ice still on Ben Nevis even though its mid summer day in 6 weeks so! Here is what is looking good to climb
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Category: Winter

Here are a selection of photo's from my CIC winter climbing hut weeks this year. A bit late I know, but the end of the season was very busy and then holidays beckoned for a few weeks. They were a challenging couple of weeks with huge amounts of snow to start and high avalanche risks on approaches.
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I have been working with Arne and Andreas from Switzerland this week. The challenge has been to choose good but safe objectives with the avalanche risk we had earlier in the week. The snow pack has evolved rapidly now and the old snowpack is relatively safe. The consideration now is the fresh slab build up on a day to day basis. It was interesting to see
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Category: Winter

Was running the Nevis Range back corrie workshop on Saturday. Interesting conditions with real decisions to be made. We did lots of edge protection / dropping cornices and avalanche considerations. Then we finally decided it was ok and dropped in and skied it.
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Category: Winter

Delivered one of the annual winter safety lectures at the Clachaig on the 17th Feb. over a 100 people and it went down very well. I used Ben Nevis to chat around certain aspects of winter safety in mountaineering and winter climbing. One topic of debate was
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Category: Winter

On the 13th Feb I attended the annual Avalanche workshop in memorial of Chris Walker, curtesy of the Chris Walker Trust. It was a good day with Graeme from Lochaber SAIS chatting through current thinking on
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Category: Winter

Karen and I went up Observatory and Tower Gully today. A great journey looking at moving on steep snow and winter mountaineering belays. Lovely weather and amazing ice all over the Ben at the moment. See the conditions page.
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