A few photos from an overnight trip to the CIC Hut on the Ben on Thursday to celebrate my birthday. Some familiar faces joined the fun with No 5 , No 4, No 2 (partially) and Tower gullies seeing some action. Probably the most snow on the Ben at this time of year since 2008 which had similar cover in May. The cornices are larger than in recent years but No 5, No 4 and Tower can be negotiated with care. I topped out on No 2 after a mini battle with a bulging cornice which helped me decide to leave a full descent of No 2 for another year
^Pablo looking back towards the CIC hut from No 5
^ Relatively straightforward to overcome the cornice in No 5 and top out
^ The classic shot of skiing No 5 with views down to the CIC Hut 500m below.
^ The WH ski train departing for No 2 gully. Jungle, Dave A, Pablo, Jamie and Blair
^ Ascending No 2 before the fun really starts....
^ At the midpoint the deep avy runnel and increasing gradient starts to spice things up otherwise No 2 is as wide as I've ever seen it...
^ I decide to have a look beyond the runnel..topping out involved 20 minutes of hand to hand combat with the bulging cornice which made the decision to head over to No 4 rather than try to ski back in an easy one..
(photo courtesy of Blair Aitken)
^ About to drop the cornice entrance to No 4 gully
^ Hut with a view...CIC as dusk falls over the North face of the Ben.
^ Jungle and Dave A high above Tower Scoop in a steep and misty Tower gully
^ Visibility was so bad the only ski photo taken was in lower Observatory gully..the visibility might have been bad but the snow was very good!
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 22.56hrs Sun 12 May 13 by HighRustler.