John catching his breath from the breath taking views
John leading to glory
I love Scotland!
Today John and I changed from plan A and went and climbed Ledge Route (II) on Ben Nevis. Thursday blues left us with heavy legs and the resistance from the wind and accumulations of snow made things hard going. We veered off the old tracks on Ledge Route, seeking out little tricky steps and walls to add a bit of spice to the route before John took over on the second half and led to the top. We both knew that we had to make the summit push, the views were amazing and the snow combined with strong winds made for an amazing few hours. Once on the summit we didn't want to leave, we could see out to the Isle of Skye and all the mountains looked fantastic. The cameras were snapping like a bus load of Japanese tourists. We only saw one other walker on the tourist route who will have had a fantastic solo day, Rich had his team on the summit just as we were leaving after coming up Coire Leis, they will have also had a priceless day standing on the summit in such fantastic weather. We caught up with Ken and his client who had ascended Ledge Route behind us for a nice sociable descent down from the half way lochain. A brilliant day at ...ahem...work. Snow was blowing all over the place, the upper crags were getting plastered and signs of small avalanches here and there. Not sure if any other routes got climbed today on Ben Nevis, did see one team heading up left below Comb Buttress, not sure what the were up to.