Golden Oldie and Ben Nevis

Yesterday the team and I visited the West Face of Aonach Mor where we climbed Golden Oldie. The route was in good condition with frozen turf, some excellent neve and some interesting fresh snow arête’s following the recent weather.

Today we spent some time on Ben Nevis climbing ice pitches in Coire na Ciste and the CIC Hut Cascades.

Snow arête on Golden Oldie.

Golden Oldie

I have been out today on the West Face of Aonach Mor where Grant, Lance and I climbed Golden Oldie. The west face has a good covering of snow. However, the turf is not frozen and some loose blocks require care.

A number of small slides came down the gullies either side of the arête.

Lance and Grant on Golden Oldie.

Lance and Grant on Golden Oldie.

West Face of Aonach Mor

A team ahead of of our party on Golden Oldie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent conditions today on the West Face of Aonach Mor. We climbed Golden Oldie on good ice, frozen turf, neve and lightly rimed buttresses. One other team was on Golden oldie. All other routes were deserted.