14th Jan, A fine Mountaineering day out, Ledge route Ben Nevis

A 4 AM start from Skye got us to the North face car park, Ben Nevis, and on our way at 6-30. There was a long trail of headtorch lights up ahead! The promised nice weather never came and the mountain was shrouded in cloud all day, except for a few glimpses of the summit in the early morning. We had decided not to climb today but to have a long hill day, so we climbed Ledge route which was great and in excellent snow conditions. It was very cold on top so we kepy walking towards the summit, hoping for views, but nothing except looming cornices. We finished the day by heading over the CMD arete, not completely on snow, maybe about 50/50 snow and rock. The snow sections were great though. We met several groups going the other way. A long descent on tired legs and we were back down about half three.

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