Mick and I have been back up the Ben today. We headed into Coire na Ciste and climbed Number Three Gully Buttress. I would describe the route as being "passable with care" rather than optimum climbing conditions! The first pitch was quite thin and delicate, on the traverse higher up there was no snow and lots of loose rock but the other 3 pitches gave some good sport and a fun day out. We didn't see the sun today but the top of the route was riming nicely in the wind. Another team abseiled out of one of the central gullies after the ice ran out.