What a day on Ben Nevis, everyone was out and climbing, and there was a lot to climb. With most people making their way towards the bigger ice lines around Observatory Gully area myself and Sam branched off from the path and headed to the much quieter Castle Gullies area to climb the classic of Harrisons Climb Direct.
This route is described in the guide as the best climb of its grade on the Ben, skirting round the forming icicles of The Shroud. And it is a great climb. With a great first pitch which takes you to a great belay beneath the icicles and a slightly steeper 2nd pitch we were at the traverse. I linked this and the steeper ice sections to make it to the top of the steepening’s with just enough rope.
Then just a case to popping up the snow slope to the top of Ledge route where we were hit by the full view of the North Face with people pretty much everywhere, enjoying themselves.