Avoiding Crowds on Ben Nevis

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Yesterday Dave and myself headed up Ben Nevis with no definite plans. After a few thoughts were ruled out to avoid crowds,queues and avalanche risk  we decided to link 2 pitches of ice/snow between the Curtain (which was getting climbed) and Ledge Route which gave some nice climbing. Ice was great for axe placements but not great for gear.

The plod in
Great weather, Daves grin says it all.
Gearing up below Moonlight Gully Buttress so we were belayed across No5
Starting up the first pitch
Best bit of my belay!!!
Wading up to meet Dave.
All in all it was a cracking wee day out, teams on the Curtain, Vanishing Gully, Point 5, Tower Ridge and the Douglas Boulder was crawling with teams. Good to meet Cliff up there too!