CMD arête

With snow down to the road myself and Sergiy started up the slopes of Carn Mor Dearg wading through the heather and snow.  With good views of the North Face of Ben Nevis keeping us going we made steady progress.  The cloud then descended and we reached the top in about 4 hours.  Most of the slopes were scoured but there were some big pockets of wind slab as well.

Sergiy got stuck into the ridge with only light winds, neve, powder snow and wind slab with views to North East buttress.  We made it to the top of the Abseil posts where the cairn was completely buried by a 3 meter high wind scoop come cornice.  We then got stuck into the final slope up to the summit of Ben Nevis.  At a very steep angle and with more than a few large areas of soft snow we were glad to get to the summit.

Now just the small matter of getting down.  With the cloud base lowering to below 500m and fresh snow falling, concentration was needed to navigate all the way down to the Red Burn crossing, with most of the zig zags now completely covered.

A good day out and Sergiy certainly had to dig deep along the way.


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