Today I was working for Dave A and his clients of 7 priests from London for their ascent of Ben Nevis. We made steady progress up to the Red Burn with a bit of drizzle and high temperatures. There was fresh snow from half way and we had to break trail over the steep slope out of the Red Burn, which is still a stopping point for some, but very soft. Once on the ziz zags we made steady progress up to turn 4 before the path disappeared and we made our way via map and compass in the low cloud. In 5.5 hours we were at the top in a small break in the drizzle with the temperatures still being very warm.
After a quick sermon at the top we made our way down directly next to the Red Burn and got back to half way in an hour and then just another 1.5 hours back to the car.
Out of the few other people on the hill I think we were the only ones to summit today from the Pony Track side and a team of 2 summited after doing the CMD arête.