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Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Ben Nevis North Face Survey has been going very well this week. We have had up to six teams of botanists or geologists with guides working on the four corners of the North Face, from Coire Leis to Castle Ridge North Face, Coire na Ciste to the summit plateau. We have found lots of very rare plants (and a sedge that we have not yet identified) and the geological picture is forming with ever more detail.

Yesterday I helped retrieve ropes from Castle Ridge where Donald, Blair and Jenny made a 90m abseil down a wall, 70m of which was overhanging! I also found the Highland Saxifrage recorded a long time ago near the top of South castle Gully. Today I went up Secondary Tower Ridge looking at geology with Hugh and Ali; Donald and Cathy climbed on Orion Face; Dave, Roddy and Dave climbed Observatory Ridge; Jim and Will worked in Coire Leis; Scott, Ian and Connor made new records of Highland Saxifrage on Number Three Gully Buttress; and Gordon, Al and Blair worked above the Tridents Buttresses, all in great sunshine. Busy, busy!

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