Just back from a first trip north of the season. Yesterday was a brilliant sunshine day on the Ben. The snow line is at the CIC hut and is just over knee deep in coire na ciste. Went to slab climb on the Trident buttress yesterday and did Tower Ridge today. There was a layer of ice firmly attached to the rock that made it hard to find footholds but the cracks weren't too chocked with ice, burried turf wasn't frozen. It was a lot colder today and there was a strong NE wind blowing this had stripped some snow off some of the harder routes around the top of Number three gully buttress and has started forming quite a bit of ice around and about it also made for an exiting crossing of t Tower Gap.
It was snowing as we came over Dunmail Raise this evening so we'll have to see what happens it the lakes this week. I think the fells could be too wet for good conditions at the moment.