30th March. Today we left the Kathmandu valley we drive northwards to Trisuli Bazaar at 9.30 and then joined the military road which winds above the river valleys. We arrived at our lodge at 7.30! Crossed a few old landslides on a high pass – very spectacular views through the rain and clouds. All well and excited to begin the walk in tomorrow.
The weather forecast for Saturday was stunning and the obvious choice was Ben Nevis. As it was a late start we knew it was a late finish. Irena and Elena were both quite happy to have a big day
We spent some time in the morning planning the day and interpreting the avalanche report and making some safe route choices for the day a head. then we headed out to Buachaille Etive Beag for some navigation and snow skills then Ice axe arrest practice and a journey getting used to our crampons.
We enjoyed appalling weather with heavy driving rain and strong winds and big thaw. The rivers and hills were awash with water. So we started the day with a session in the ice factor. Both were keen to try it out and we had a good session climbing looking at belaying for Will who had not done much before then placed some ice screws and constructed ice threads.
Over Friday night a warm, wet and windy storm travelled over the west coast of Scotland resulting in thawing snow and Ice followed by heavy snowfall and spindrift as the temperature dropped later on Saturday followed by yet another warm, wet storm cycle hit again around early/mid afternoon.