A changeable few days ahead.

30th January 2023

Today, I went in search of any fresh windslab that came down overnight. There were small isolated pockets, but nothing substantial. Another quick temperature rise tonight is followed by Gale force Westerly winds and snow showers tomorrow down to around 500m. This will most likely lead to fairly dense windslab developing on North-East to South-East aspects. details are in the forecast.

During the week we are forecast for windy, changeable conditions, and then milder conditions leading into the weekend.

The ice lines are building again nicely on the higher crags on Ben Nevis. As long as the milder conditions later in the week are fairly dry and we get a little bit of temperature cycling, winter climbing conditions will continue to slowly improve.

Rime ice which developed last night points where the wind was coming from, and where I should look for any windslab.


Relatively shallow deposit of fresh windslab on an Easterly aspect at 950metres.


Creep and sag lines from the recent thaws.


Castle ridge to Carn Dearg on Ben Nevis


Looking up to Corrie na Ciste on Ben Nevis


Looking up to Observatory ridge and the minus face on Ben Nevis. A team can be seen approaching Hadrians.

Comments on this post

  • Mike Pescod
    30th January 2023 5:49 pm

    That’s me, Doug and Rhys approaching Hadrian’s Wall Direct. It was excellent today.

    • lochaberadmin
      30th January 2023 5:55 pm

      Nice Mike,
      Fingers crossed we don’t get any more multi day thaws, and the lines get chance to stay and build.

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