Saturday, January 07, 2012

Ledge Route...

Dave, Steph and I had an early start in Fort William this morning with the intention of picking a suitable mountaineering objective on Ben Nevis.

The weather was fairly unsettled his morning with rain/snow showers and a freezing level much higher than forecast.  As a result the snowpack was still very wet from the previous day making progress harder than anticipated.  Despite this we made good progress up Ledge Route, II before reversing the route in descent (we were quite sheltered on the route).

The mountain appeared fairly busy in general, and I noticed parties making their way to the base of the South West Ridge of the Douglas Boulder, Fat Boy Slim, No.3 Gully Buttress and Thompson's Route.  I imagine that the higher mixed routes on No.3 Gully Buttress will be in good condition.  A selection of routes have been logged in the CIC Hut Route book - Jack Loftus recently having made an ascent of Gargoyle Wall.

1 comment:

  1. NB. Despite some folk describing Thompsons as thin it's in good condition at the moment - it's one of the most reliable routes on the mountain.

    Some of the buttress routes on No.3 Gully Buttress are verglassed making gear a bit harder to find.