29th to 31st January Three Days at the CIC Hut

Tower Ridge from the CIC hut.
Gayle and Doug high on North East Buttress.

For the last three days i have been at the CIC hut on Ben Nevis with the Falkirk High Tops Team. On saturday after arriving at the hut in the early afternoon, Jason, Doug and I climbed Vanishing Gully. Craig and Gary climbed No.3 Gully Buttress and John, Jacqueline and Gayle climbed Italian Climb. All three routes were in good condition. A little note on Vanishing Gully, 60m ropes are required (not 50m ropes as suggested by the guidebook).

During saturday night the weather worsened with fresh snow producing lots of spindrift avalanches so we opted for North East Buttress. The Mantrap was thinly iced and therefore interesting!

During sunday night the temperature increased and a large amount of rain fell stripping lots of snow off the buttresses. When we got up the rain was still falling and the winds were high so we opted for breakfast in Fort William.

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