Ledge Route

Another sunny day in the Highlands.  I think that this is our summer.  Today I was up Ledge Route on the Ben again for Outward Bound.  I met the Highland Expedition team and Helen at the CIC hut and we headed up.

The Highland Exped is a 3 week course that involves mostly walking and camping in a different place every night and a few days of sea kayaking, with a bit of gorging and rock climbing.  It is a great challenge for the people involved and a really good way to see a large part of the Highlands.

Today was the second time in a week for me up the Ben and again with good views.  The Highland exped team (as you would expect) are a fit bunch by now being a week in, so we made good time up to Number 5 gully.  A few nervous looks over the tricky sections from some of the group, but most were enjoying the views and the warm sunny weather.  We made the top of the ridge by 1.30pm where we could see the masses on the main path.  The group appreciating the solitude of the route decided to have lunch away from the crowds.

I turned 180 degrees and headed back down Ledge route whilst the group made their own way to the summit.  In an hour and 20 I was back at the car in the top car park.

There were many teams walking in and most were heading towards tower ridge area which saw a few ascents today.  There were also 3 parties on Centurion (HVS 5a) on the Carn Dearg Buttress and the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team were out training on Observatory Buttress.

Ledge Route

Tower ridge and North East Buttress at their best

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