The ice on Ben Nevis this year has been in fantastic condition for the last few weeks so it was great to climb a couple of the classics this last few days. Orion Face Direct (V 5) gave us 9 pitches of amazing climbing under epic amounts of spindrift. The crux traverse was thin and mixed but the rest of the route was all on good ice. Friday saw a slightly shorter day on the steep Two Step Corner (V 5) up on No 3 Gully Buttress. The approach slopes were suspect so we sneaked up the side and were rewarded with 3 good ice pitches and a tricky cornice exit.