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Blog for April 3rd, 2016

April 3rd, 2016
Ben Nevis
The first of three overcast, zero visibility days

What would the weather do?
Well the weather forecast was for light rain showers and extensive clouds

The question was would we be too wet to make a safe ascent into the sub zero temperatures at the summit of Ben Nevis

As it turned out, we were fairly dry by the time we reached Red Burn so after a food break we continued up
Clients looking at summit shelter
Snow, snow and more snow
There was lots of snow from 1,000 metres and with low clouds it was necessary to navigate whilst ascending the zig-zags

Reaching 1,200 metres the navigation cairns were not visible so a compass bearing was needed to locate them

The cairns only became visible once we were 30 metres from them
Top of the world (UK)
When we reached the summit we had it to ourselves

The height of snow had increased to allow a simple step up to the summit cairn. Almost one metre of snow had fallen since I was there the week before (view blog)
Snow up to base of summit triangulation pillar
Down
The visibility during descent was just as bad as going up but once we cleared the snowline it improved greatly
Looking to Loch Eil
Looking across to five finger gulley