Day 4, Observatory ridge

With the sun shining and the rock drying myself Dave A and Roddy from Midland Valley walked towards Observatory ridge, the hardest of the classic Ben Nevis ridges with continuous climbing and scrambling for the whole 450m length.

Roddy wanted to see if the joints and contacts that he had seen on the North East ridge and Tower Ridge transferred through onto this section of the mountain as well.

With readings of joints all the way up over the first 4 harder pitches we found a band of granite high up that was unexpected and added to the emerging story of the formation of the mountain.

With great views to Tower Ridge all day and other survey teams working other parts of the mountain, like Donald making the best of wet rock surveying on the Long Climb, it was a good day all round.

On other parts of the mountain Scotts’ team on Number 3 gully buttress route found another new area of Highland Saxifrage, alpine mouse-ear and stitchwort mouse-ear.

With one day left of the survey this year, there is still much to find.

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A good day at work

A good day at work

Observatory ridge

Observatory ridge

 

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