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Blog for March 27th, 2016

March 27th, 2016
Easter Weekend in Winter
Twice up the Ben, different days, different weather

Easter on the Ben
I was booked to take clients up Ben Nevis on the Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend, which fell at the end of March in 2016

Although it was Easter, winter was still in full force above 1,000 metres and I'd already been up twice that week

Being the last weekend of March, British Summer Time would start on Sunday giving an extra hour of daylight, but an hours less sleep on Saturday night
Saturday
The walk started in drizzle that persisted almost all day

Winds weren't as strong as forecast but still enough at the top to make it feel very cold, especially with the drizzle going up making us wet

3 spare pairs of gloves and a warm layer were given out to the group to ensure they coped with the cold and wet

Due to the rain, I didn't take any photographs going up, only a couple at the top
Clients at Ben Nevis summit
Saturday Night
Storms and heavy rain persisted through the night into Sunday morning
Sunday
My initial impression of the day was that it wasn't suitable to be in high winds, soaked through in sub zero temperatures. I kept an open mind with an alternative walk as reserve

After 30 minutes Sunday really was a different day to the day before. After the initial rain the clouds soon disappeared to reveal a partially sunny day
Cloud clearing in Glen Nevis
Sunny skies ahead
Looking back to the Mamores
Looking east to Red Burn
Looking to Mamores from near half way lochan
Faint double rainbow above Glen Nevis
Winds
Above 1,200m the winds became stronger and visibility reduced to 50 metres. The group were dry, warm and still willing to carry on so we plodded up the last 2 inclines
Last couple of inclines before Ben Nevis summit
Group having their photo taken on Ben Nevis summit
Descent
During the descent snow started but was dry so didn't get wet. As we got lower it turned to drizzle but didn't last too long
Evening starting to brighten up
Brightening Up
As we descended further the sun started to shine and we had great views to the Mamores
Looking back during final descent
Looking to the Mamores on a spring evening
Finish
The group were all down in time to get showered in the bunk house before their meal in the Ben Nevis Inn above