With the weather being near blue sky’s for the last 10 days I met Mike and Donald at 5.30am to ‘get the best light’ for the photo shoot of Rolf and his team for mammut and John from Go Outdoors on Ledge Route.
Rolf is travelling round the top 10 countries in terms of sales figures for Mammut and climbing their highest peaks. Rolf has also kindly donated ropes and helmets for us to use on the Ben Nevis North Face survey in August.
The aim of the day was to go up Ledge route taking photos along the way, but as we walked in the clouds descended and the rain started, at least we got to try out the Mammut jackets! Donald then dangled Rolf and Cathy from SNH over an edge to get some good photos and to look at the interesting vegetation that we will hopefully collate in the survey.
With climbing kit on we started up Number 5 gully, still with a lot of snow in it and made our way onto a very atmospheric Ledge Route, which the guys really enjoyed. In the mist the whole way John worked hard to get the shots that were needed.
From the summit we passed Wragg’s Well and then descended to the top of the abseil posts in Corrie Leis, descending the boulder field. Here the clouds finally lifted and we got great views of the north face and 2 skier’s descending Observatory Gully, on the longest day (on snow). A great day out.
See my facebook page for more photos and a video of the skier’s.