Yesterday the weather on Ben Nevis could not have been better. Deep blue sky with just a few fluffy white clouds, light wind, warm but not too hot. The rock on Tower Ridge was dry and warm to touch. So it was a perfect day for Martin to enjoy his birthday treat!
This was a step up in challenge and scale for Martin and Jonny but they both got on fine and enjoyed the experience. We made great time up the ridge and soaked up the very fine views in all directions from The Great Tower. It was all arranged by Connor from the excellent Atlas Mountaineering who even put on pink doughnuts as a birthday surprise half way up the route.
There were a couple of other teams on Tower Ridge, one pair which was going up all the classic ridges and a team or two on Carn Dearg Buttress as well as all the regular walkers and CMD Areters. Today it's all change though. The rain arrived at 2pm and the wind was already quite severe by then and has got worse. Our scheduled Ben Nevis walking group made it to Corner Number 5 at 1050m before turning back down the trail. It looks blustery and showery over the next few days as well.