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Ben Nevis winter conditions 2018

Ben Nevis winter climbing conditions 2017 - 2018

Hi all, I am going to start updating this page from 4th December 2017. No winter hits as yet this year, but patience is what all savvy winter climbers have, as you are aware.

Being in a unique position of living in view of the North face and also working day in and out on the Ben I will update this page with pictures and what the local weather has been doing. This is separate from my usual blog and will focus solely on Ben nevis.

I will of course post up pictures of the crags and ice conditions when I am on Ben nevis for the day.

I know the North Face of Ben nevis better than most so can give sound advice and comment on what the conditions are doing. I have been around living and working here in Fort William more than most other self publicised bloggers (Alan K and Mike P excepted), and national Centres quite often ring me up to find out what conditions are like.... so I know the mountain well.

There is also an updated graph of temperatures at around 1100m which helps work out what is going on.



Temperature graph for 1100m (not currently working)

The link below goes to a graph that give the latest temperatures on Aonach Mor at around 1000m. This is a good indicator of what the temperature history has been for the bottom of the main crags around the North Face of Ben nevis.

 Aonach Mor weather history


Reports will appear here beginning week of December 4th, lets all hope and pray that its better than last year..please!

10th Dec 2017

Point 5 anyone? Some pictures of Castle area and point 5 from today. Point 5 is definitley do-able, but quite exciting I would think. Difficult bouldery approaches still into the upper corries. Upper routes some riming and quite a bit of ice and verglas. Temperatures were pretty cold today.

Main ridges will be awkward on the ankles!

Best bet is probably easier mixed rock routes, although I think I am going to have a go at point 5 later in the week!

Castle Area


Point 5 area


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