If Only It Turned Cold Now.

24th January 2024

Another day on Ben Nevis today. After a mild night it was slightly cooler today today, the freezing level was around 1100 metres during the day. Visibility was generally poor, but when it did clear up I could see that winter was just about hanging in at higher levels. There looked to be a reasonable amount of ice about. I found myself thinking if only it turned cold now, then there there could be some really nice climbing conditions. However, many a time in Scottish winter I have found myself thinking if only it turned colder now. Occasionally it has, most of the time it has not.  Today is an example of the latter, tomorrow is not going to be cold, it is going to be mild and wet. This increases the chances of things falling off the crags, be these rock, ice and/or cornices. It is forecast to turn colder on Friday, hopefully some of the ice will be able to hang in there until then!

The view into Coire na Ciste.

Still a fair bit of ice hanging on (for now at least…)

Avalanche debris below Number 5 Gully. This debris is a few days old now, it came down at the temperature rose  and the snowpack got wet on Sunday evening.

Visibility was poor when I was up in Coire na Ciste. However, in this shot you can just about see the debris from an avalanche around Number two Gully area that came down Sunday evening.

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