Today I was out with Dave A and 8 people who had travelled up from near London to ascend Ben Nevis. With strong wind forecast we were taking the weather as it came.
We started the day with a stiff breeze which actually decreased by the time we had reach the Red Burn at half way in good time, where we put crampons on. The zig zags above were very scoured with lots of rocks showing everywhere but as we got higher there was a lot of wind slab deposits quickly building, along with the wind. We made the plateaux in 3 hours and with a small drop in the wind pushed to the summit with some tired legs on very firm ice, all the way.
The team was elated to get to the top and a far cry from the hustle of southern England. Being battered by the wind we quickly descended walking straight into the strong wind, where we got some great views of Glen Nevis and down Loch Linnhe.
With a total time of 7 hours the team had done well to all get to the top in very testing conditions.