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Ben Nevis / Aonach Mor Reports
Date Posted: 20.20hrs on Tue 10 Dec 02
Please post all reports for the areas around Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor here.
G Penny

Re: Ben Nevis / Aonach Mor Reports
Date Posted: 23.07hrs on Mon 6 Jan 03
Did the direct version of force ten butress on the 4th jan and found it to be good V6 line.There was little ice in the normal routes such as iceicle gully, Left twin ect round this area as they are needing a further thaw freeze to build up.But we could see other parties climbing ice over to the east side of the corrie

Re: Ben Nevis / Aonach Mor Reports
Date Posted: 20.12hrs on Wed 8 Jan 03
Ice on the east side of the corrie is fat and excellent with four to five lines at III-IV and running to 90m. Generally sticky with a bit of dinner-plating on bulges.
matt perks

Re: Ben Nevis / Aonach Mor Reports
Date Posted: 22.28hrs on Sun 9 Feb 03
ribbon groove (or something with a similar name) IV,4

i don't have the guidebook on me but it's on the buttress R of stirling bridge. turf was sort of frozen and there was some ice/neve under wet snow in places. a freeze would make for good conditions (though icy cracks) but it looks as though it's going to get warmer again instead. gear was quite hard to get and i had to resort to a couple of pegs and a bulldog.

actually went to look at stirling moss (called something else in the new guide) but although there was snow on the crag the steeper bits weren't really in condition - pretty black really.
matt perks

Re: Ben Nevis / Aonach Mor Reports
Date Posted: 22.18hrs on Sun 16 Feb 03
tower face of the comb VI,6
stringfellows VI, 6

thursday and sat. respectively.

conditions quite good for high mixed routes on the ben, although tower face was less white on sat. - still okay but maybe not for much longer if the weather remains sunny.

tower face was very high quality. gear good where needed. fair at VI,6 with quite a bit of tricky climbing.

stringfellows was quite good too though perhaps not worth 3 stars. first pitch was a bit bold, thereafter quite well protected though cracks are icy in places- we used plenty of pegs. pitches 3 & 5 have only a few moves of difficult climbing so it doesn't feel as long as it might, although you do have to finish up tower ridge obviously.

comb gully looked good at the moment. folk at the hut said green gully was okay though a bit harder than normal. 0.5 is being done i think. curtain not really climable at present. carn dearg is pretty much black everywhere. neve beginning to form on ledges higher up but not reliable for pulling on yet. ridges probably all good fun at the moment.
matt perks

Re: Ben Nevis / Aonach Mor Reports
Date Posted: 21.14hrs on Thu 20 Feb 03
comb gully, green gully (weds)

garadh gully, raeburn's easy route (thurs)

comb is in brilliant condition at the moment; narrow but good ice.

green is getting a bit chopped up with the last steep pitch a bit harder than usual (still 4 though).

garadh gully is probably 3 at the moment. ice is good but was melting a bit today.

raeburn's was okay but upper snow slopes are a wee bit slabby.

the ben is generally very bare. the mixed routes i did last week are no longer white. plenty of easier lines to do but very little at V or above (apart from point 5, which had a team on it today).
Pete Leonard

Re: Ben Nevis / Aonach Mor Reports
Date Posted: 21.02hrs on Sun 23 Feb 03
Aonach Mor - Sat 22nd Feb.

Butresses bare but gullies all in excellent nick - plenty of ice, neve and frozen turf.

Did 1st pitch of Lickety Split - boss ice - then finished up Forgotten twin - nice route allround.

Mates were on Aonach Beg - west face was good with plenty of sound ice routes.

Other mates were on the Ben - glovers chimney - ice pitch is excellent. Garadh gully looking good by all accounts. Queues on most popular routes, but hey, it's saturday...

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