We revisited Ben Hiant after another snowy spell over the Easter break.
There was plenty of firm, deep snow in places. So, we climbed a gully line west of the NW ridge which I descended on New Year’s Eve 2000 after the ascent of NW ridge.
The gully had less snow on it, but the turf was bomb hard and well frozen making a really satisfying grade 1 winter climb and a fantastic way to the top of this mini-mountain. Where the gully opened out, we moved left onto rock and up to the trig point.
A stunning day with stunning views. Since it’s never had an ascent – as far as I know – we decided to call the gully “Ewan Gully”
We were back for lunch and by the next day all the snow had gone.