24/4/2010 The Carn Mor Dearg Aretes

Mention the Carn Mor Dearg (CMD) Arete to the dedicated Scottish hill goer and they will conjure up an image of the aesthetic curving ridge encircling the Allt a' Mhuillin and offering constantly stupendous views of the North Face of Ben Nevis, a real British Mountain classic. Michael and I felt like we were off-roading by breaking trail along the freshly whipped up pristine snow crest on the CMD East Ridge. The sudden view of the Nevis North Face never fails to take my breath away and we turned left on to the minor B road of a small trail picking its way along the exposed but friendly crest of the South ridge of CMD. The A road is joined at the top of the Coire Leis Abseil posts for the final trudge up to the summit of the Ben where the Autoroute down the tourist track can be joined. Michael on the East Ridge of Carn Mor Dearg, Lochaber Euan and clients climbed Green Gully and reported reasonable ice with a series of trundling soft snow mini avalanches running in to the Gully. The North Face of Ben Nevis from Carn Mor Dearg