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Just back from a brief but intense trip to the Scottish Highlands ~ superb off piste skiing at Nevis Range, then a long twelve hour ice climbing day on Ben Nevis. We managed to climb Smith's Route (grade V) in a raging blizzard, but failed to climb over the large cornice onto the summit plateau. Abseiling into the gathering gloom and increasingly boisterous blizzard, then

a long descent of Observatory Gully in thigh deep snow, a struggle to locate the CIC Hut, then a long walk back down to the valley, finally reaching the car at 9.15pm.... quite a good value day!

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis