Today was the first day of my 3 days winter skills course, and what a day to be out.
Henry and Karisia had travelled all the way from Dorset and it was Karisia first ever taste of snow (coming from Kenya) and also the first time she had worn gloves! Amazing.
We steadily made our way up the good north face path towards the CIC hut at the foot of the North Face of Ben Nevis, with blue sky and the fantastic view of the winter crags coming in to view.
Once at the hut we made our way up towards Number 5 gully and round below the Trident buttresses where we looked at good foot work using the winter boots to their best use, ice axe arrests: head first, feet first and on our backs which was great fun. With finally making our way down to the hut looking at moving with crampons over varying terrain. An amazing first day out, topped off by grabbing a lift from Max down the track.
There was a lot of graupel around the base of Number 5 gully, sometimes up to 6 inches thick in places with soft snow lying on top. There was also a lot of climbing action going on as well on all the main gully lines and ridges.
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