Three peaks 1: Ben Nevis.

14°C, moderate NNW breeze. Sunny.
Straightforward climb to the top in perfect conditions. The top was busy, but not excessively crowded in my opinion.
Some snow fields remain and the cornices were still large. An air rescue helicopter maneuvered below the north face. It drew the curious towards the cornices as they held their cameras. We, in our best teacher voices, warned them away. The look on some of their faces!
Descending was tremendous fun. Carl, the skier, zoomed ahead on the snow and I followed. Expecting to fall at any second, I was surprised to stay upright. Sometimes there’s undercut melt on the snow edges, not this time. By now, I was whooping with excitement.
We made the descent in 4h 34min. A time we’ll be ahead of schedule.


You can see the helicopter in this photo.

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