This week I'm running a Mountaineering course for Adventure Peaks. With blue skies and cold temperatures we headed up to the CIC hut to look at the various skills required to move safely in the mountains in winter. We had some stunning views up in to the various gullies but didn't have to walk far to find plenty of snow and ice to chop steps in and slide around on.
There is still plenty of ice left low down on the Ben and the snow pack was well bonded and stable. The strong south easterly was developing plenty of small pockets of windslab which were fracturing pretty spectacularly but there were no signs of any big slides. There were teams on the CIC Cascade and Ledge Route.