Moonlight Gully, Ben Nevis

 Callum gearing up in the mist

Some thin Ice left on the route (water pouring down it)

Trident Buttress

Callum on the Top Pitch

Today Callum and I headed up The Ben to see what was climbable. The weather was not the best and we had rain, snow and even the odd bit of blue sky during the day. We climbed Moonlight Gully which is supposed to be grade II but in the current condition was easily a III. At the bottom of the route we were able to see the remains of a large avalanche in Number Five Gully that happened a few days ago, it certainly wasn't fresh debris. The route finished in the top wide section of Number Five Gully and we soloed out through some very steep ground to avoid the large cornice. The cornice has started to fracture in places so may not be there much longer and would certainly be a problem for anyone in the gully when it collapses. With the current avalanche forecast I will be staying away from this and other gullys on The Ben for the next day or two.

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