I’m pleased to say Jack reached the summit plateau of Ben Nevis on Saturday 29 February 2020, in extremely challenging conditions.
The last two hours of the ascent was particularly difficult. Jack, his Dad and Uncle had to break trail through deep snow as the normal path was unsafe and prone to avalanche at the top section of the zig zags. The last hour was a complete white out in minus 20, with horizontal hail.
Navigating off the Ben in these conditions is challenging and unfortunately a chap that joined Jack for part of the ascent, and departed just before the weather closed in, became disorientated and fell down a gully; amazingly he survived to be rescued in the early hours by Lochaber Mountain Rescue. Jack was a bit worried about his fate Saturday night and we were pleased to learn of his rescue.
The weather conditions slowed the descent but Jack made it down safely; the weather was unrelenting.
Jack did amazingly, staying calm when it clearly got scary and leading all the way up the mountain to 1000 metres. His crampons and ice axe were essential and we roped up for safety which proved to be a good decision.
Jack started at 8am and finished at 8pm.
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