Self reliance is a fundamental principle of mountaineering. By participating we accept this and take responsibility for the decisions we make. These Conditions Reports are intended to help you make good decisions. They do not remove the need for you to make your own judgements when out in the hills.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

What an outstanding day it was on Ben Nevis today. After the violent storm last night it was much calmer this morning and the wind dropped t nothing as the sun came out this afternoon just as promised. Tower Ridge made the perfect climb to soak up the great weather, climbing conditions and atmosphere of this world class climbing venue on a good day.

The snow is hard and icy and good for climbing. A slip at the wrong moment would be very serious but with good crampon technique the snow made progress very simple and quick. We got to the Great Tower just as the sun came out.

There were lots of ice climbers out enjoying great ice climbing. Hadrian's Wall Direct, Point Five Gully, Indicator Wall (regular and right hand), Psychedelic Wall, Smith's Route, Good Friday Climb, Tower Scoop, Glover's Chimney, Comb Gully, The White Line and many others were climbed today. 

The down side to this fantastic day was that my Gopro camera fell off my helmet at Tower Gap! It went down the length of Glover's Chimney at some speed, thankfully missing the people climbing, and continued into Coire na Ciste. It probably stopped in the coire at the level of the lochans I guess. Will and I looked in the coire after descending Number Four Gully with no luck. If someone picked it up I'd be grateful for its return.

Also I found a down jacket  in a waterproof bag in a Cotswold plastic bag in Allt a'Mhuillin below CIC Hut today. It is currently in the tumble drier! Contact me to get it sent back to you.

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