Today Matt wanted to head up the Ben, so rather than going up the normal way I wanted to show him the other side of the mountain. We left the car with a hint of rain in the air and made the CIC hut in good time We then started our way up to Moonlight buttress where there is a very faint path up but it was a bit tough going over the loose rocks and wet grass.
Once established on top of the buttress we had to cross number 5 gully which hasn’t much snow in it but enough to push us off the path round. So we had to make a few tricky steps so get over the stream in the bottom of the gully.
Once on Ledge route the going was much easier, but with the cloud down there wasn’t much of a view. With a few moments of apprehension we made it over the trickier section of the ridge and continued up, with good scrambling to the top of Carn Dearg.
We then headed round past number 4 gully and on to the main pony track with everybody else for the leg to the summit over some slushy snow patches. We made the summit in just under 4 hours and with the low temperature, that I think caught some people out, we didn’t hang around too long so we headed down, and got to halfway lochan in good time. The cloud base had dropped quite a bit during the day so there wasn’t much of a view until the final leg over the heathland towards the car at the top car park.
A good day and great for Matt to get to the top of the Ben by a different route.