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Blog for January 15th, 2018

January 15th, 2018
Checking conditions on Ben Nevis path
Winter conditions before Red Burn

Checking Conditions
There had been quite a few changes to the weather recently so I wanted to check conditions before I took clients up Ben Nevis via the main track

Once the lochan junction was reached there was banked snow that had formed hard neve. The part of the path without this neve was ice so crampons would be required for half of the total ascent on the main path

Red Burn also had a bank of neve so an ice axe would be useful for protection in the event of a trip or slip

Beyond this the path was the same as below and I only went part way to corner one as I now had an idea of the general conditions

It was difficult to get any photographs of the banked out path as it was too overcast and it just resulted in a plain white image
New sign at Youth Hostel junction with Mamores in background
Refurbishment work continuing at Youth Hostel
Looking across to Red Burn from 'Windy Corner'
Path just beyond rock partially banked with snow compared to other sections
Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe (Half way lochan). Path to left in sun
Another shot of Half way lochan
Sun in Glen Nevis
Sun picking out hills to south west
Glen Nevis giving no indication of winter conditions above