Saturday 19 May
Craig and Mark saw the sun and went for Observatory Ridge on Ben Nevis as part of a hopeful plan for the Matterhorn this summer and a good training ground for moving together on steeper ground. Neither has done it before and it was fun 'route finding' on the steepest bits we could find.
It's a wonderful route and well worth a visit but there are some interesting bits which would be more challenging in winter. That said, it would need a proper alpine start in winter as its a long way with proper route finding challenges no doubt - that's what happens when you don't look at the guide book!
It gives wonderful views over the Minus Face and Orion Face, with a great view of Point Five too - plenty of water running in it!
|A very wet Point 5|
It's a route that just keeps giving and when you think it's about to level out, another steep wall appears in front to go at. More challenging than Tower Ridge but just as enjoyable with perhaps a more claustrophobic feel, as TR is not walled in the way OR seems.
Anyway, we enjoyed it immensely and will go back soon to the Ben for training and fun.
|Tower Ridge in all its glory|
|Wintery exit slope :)|