I climbed Castle Ridge on Ben Nevis yesterday with Adrian and Tom. Castle Ridge is a wonderful outing and being the northernmost of the great Ben Nevis ridges has great views over Fort William and the North West. Being relatively low down on the mountain it only had small patches of snow on it; we only needed a single axe each for the approach and had no need for crampons. Higher on the mountain last weeks severe thaw has had a big effect but there are still options on ice at grade IV and the easier gullies will provide good sport for a long time yet. On a positive note, it was clear that there had been an overnight freeze making an early start advisable.
There is definitely a Spring feel to the highlands and many of the visiting guides/instructors have moved on with thoughts shifting to warm rock climbing. I’ve got another weeks work in the Cairngorms and I’ll then be heading home myself. I’ve got availability on navigation, scrambling and climbing courses over the summer so get in touch to discuss plans.