Winter skills, Ben Nevis

Today was the first of 2 days of winter skills for Andy, Phil and Ross.  We made our way up to the CIC hut at the north face of Ben Nevis.  The cloud was low but there was a lot of evidence for past avalanches at the base of Carn Dearg and Castle gully.

Over the day we looked at secure foot work with the boot, how to walk in crampons and ice axe arrests.  As well as looking at avalanche awareness and safe route choice.

There were a few teams around looking at climbs lower down, but there was a lot of soft snow and the freezing level was extremely high.  There was also a surprising amount of rocks ranging from tennis ball size to football size on top of the snow that had come off Tower ridge and North East Buttress in the thaw, not a place to be hanging around.

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