I was on the Ben today with Sharon who wanted to climb point 5. After a bit of debate about the teams already on the route we decided to join the fun and take our time. Sharon aleady has alot of experience and decided she would like to lead the first pitch. She did this on good ice at a solid grade 4. I took over for the rest of the route, which had excellent climbing as usual but the ice was not as good as I had expected. The Narrows and the Rogue pitch both had good ice to start, but this quickly became ok to climb but poor to protect. Overall conditions were good, there were the odd spindrift avalanches but not too serious.