UPDATE July 2015: Ken and Hannah are now running Scottish walking, mountaineering and climbing courses for West Coast Mountain Guides.
I was out again, introducing another climber to the wacky and rather addictive world of winter climbing, however, today, it was a 12 year old by the name of Matt. Stewy, who has bags of experience had brought Matt, his son, along to hopefully share his passions for the Scottish mountains and for winter climbing, and felt that an ascent of Ledge Route on Ben Nevis, on a beautiful day should do the trick. It did!
The approach to Ledge Route was through largely soft snow, and I was quite surprised by how much snow has since disappeared from the lower rocks of Ledge Route, but the upper ridge was still as snow covered as ever. Matt showed no signs of tiring as we made our ascent, and maintained care with his footwork throughout. I don’t think that the exposure high on the snowy ridge had any affect on him either! A budding mountaineer in the making!
With no hanging around, we made the summit plateau in no time, and to add the icing on the cake, we took in the summit of Ben Nevis, so not only was it Matt’s first winter climb, but his first Munro too. Not bad for anyone, never mind a 12 year old! Tower Ridge next? I was working for Abacus Mountain Guides.