So it must be a good 6 months since I have had a view going round the CMD arête and today was worth the wait.
Myself and Richard made good progress up the broad slope of Carn Mor Dearg in the usual spindrift, low cloud and very strong wind. It was tricky conditions walking up to the summit with a lot of frozen ground and water but also a lot of rocks, crampons or not? I moved for crampons as the wind was more likely to push us off our feet and slip on the ice than tripping on the rocks with crampons.
Once we descended off the summit which we reached in about 3 hours, the cloud cleared and the sun came out to great views of the Mamores range and the amazing (and busy) north face of Ben Nevis.
The ridge had 2 characters today: the first half was very rocky covered with a verglas of ice and very strong wind, a ‘dynamic’ position was needed to make our way along. Then the second half was covered in powder snow and the wind had dropped completely to make for a very warm ascent up the final slope of Ben Nevis.
Where we got a view! Photos for all the people who I have taken up where we have been covered in ice and cloud, this is what the view looks like.
Just for the descent back to the car, which we made in a total of 8 hours, a great day to be on the hills.
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