The steep plod up to No 5 Gully is much easier on snow, but on the scree and rock it's a bit of a pain!
The three guys in front were heading across to No 2 Gully (out of shot).
Looking up No 5 Gully from the top of the scree. The overnight freeze made for excellent conditions and there were various ice falls and cascades that teams were using for practicing ice climbing techniques.
Faffing about with knots and stuff before setting off!
The first "ledge" as you turn right out of No 5 Gully was in great nick with some ice and really grippy snow so we didn't bother using any gear although we lugged it along just in case!
Looking back down to Stevie and Mark just exiting No 5 Gully.
An eerire deserted Ben Nevis summit.
A quick cuppa in the observatory ruins before heading back across to No 4 Gully just as the mist came in and the temperature dropped.
Stevie and Mark making their way down a very stepped out No 4 Gully.
No 4 Gully looking a little bare in the middle. Bumsliding out of the question!
Remember folks, it gets dark early in the winter so don't forget your headtorch!