Rhys, Karen and I made the long walk up the Ben to climb No.2 Gully and see what else is about. I was pleasantly surprised to see a fresh dusting on NE Buttress down to the start of Slingsby's Chimney. Tower Ridge had a similar dusting, but it was still quite warm. The snow quality had massively improved from recent days, and was generally firm, getting even better with height. I was very surprised with the amount of ice that was still hanging around. The start of Comb Gully Buttress had enough Ice to climb the first pitch (but how attached I would not like to say), cloud made it impossible to see what was higher up. The looked to be ice on Raeburn's Easy Route, but not as thick as most would like. All signs point to a promising return with the colder weather.
|Busy in No.2|
|Exiting our ice variation|