Once we got to the base of the Nid Ridge and the slope angle increased we introduced the ice axe and explored how to use it to enhance our security on the steeper slopes. We continued up the slope experimenting with using both our boots and the axe to create suitable steps according to the angle and hardness of the snow. We also tried ascending few rocky steps to make things a bit more exciting.
Day 1: Ben Nevis – The Comb – Green Gully IV,3
We enjoyed clear blue skies initially which clouded in later (a great cloud inversion and clear on the summit). The snow conditions were firm after overnight with cold temperatures. Drove up to top car park for 7.30 and walked in to Coire na Ciste in very warm temperatures.
A Winter ascent of Ben Nevis 1344m was a challenging undertaking for Samer and Ali (aka Bahraini Boys on the Ben). This is not to be compared to a summer ascent This Course is designed to give the guys necessary winter skills training to allow a safe ascent of the UK’s highest mountain in winter conditions!
Day one: Andrew and myself began the course at Glen Coe – Sgor Bhan 947m – ENE ridge (schoolhouse ridge) II and enjoyed strong and occasional gusts with snow and sleet showers throughout. Snow was soft and low down, but firmer further up. Quite a damp snowpack due to previous days rain at all levels – some refreezing overnight.