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Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Yesterday I went up into Coire na Ciste on Ben Nevis. I did not take any pictures since the inside of a cloud is not very interesting and it was wet and windy. The snow cover was surprisingly good though. From just below the lochans up to the top there is quite a reasonable cover of firm, transformed snow. The big easy gullies are complete and there are melted-back lines of snow under the crags and in the hollows and shallow scoops.

Today is much colder and we've had heavy showers of snow down to 500m. Tomorrow will be a very stormy day with winds gusting at 120mph from the NW and the temperature will drop even more. It's forecast to be -7C at 900m and even colder on Ben Nevis summit. It will stay much the same on Friday so by the weekend the crags will be well rimed up again and frozen hard.

I thought last weekend would turn out to be a good climbing weekend but it did not work out so well. Perhaps we'll have better luck this weekend.

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