Still needs some consolidation on Ben Nevis for winter climbing to be great.
Jan 16, 2014
Winter climbing on Ben Nevis with Di today. Just a chilled out day, no particular thing in mind, just a wander up and see whats what! After getting into the Ciste it all seemed a bit unconsolidated still, even after the thaw of the last day. We wandered round to South Trident buttress and had a look around the bottom of Strident edge and the Clanger. In the end we went for a wandering line up Pinnacle arete, not quite the guide book line, just linking the interesting bits of climbing and steep icy blobs. Some placements were bomber and then you would find yourself on a sloping few metres of unconsolidated mush.
Were the snow had melted and re-froze over lumps and bumps it was great. Otherwise it was just pulling through. After a first pitch, the steep chimney pitch was great as it had some good placements and then we ran out one more pitch before traversing across to No4. Back to the hut for 2pm and a cuppa!
Looking up Slab climb and The Clanger. We took the icy line right of the main corner.
Heading up the wee crux corner.
Stepping out from the corner.
Di topping out after the last steep corner/chimney.
Mountaineering ground to get across to No4