The calendar said 15th June but high on Ben Avon and in its gullies winter was still hiding.
The walk to the summit of Ben Avon is best characterised as three long plateau walks, the valley floor walk-in, then the moderate climbed through Fairy Glen to the moorland plateau before things get a lot steeper as the gully climbs the side of Ben Avon to the long flat top of Ben Avon. I found it a gentle and less threatening walk compared to those around Ben Macdhui however, there was a still a lot of risk around. Mainly, whether to trust the snow bridges that were clearly being used by other hill walkers? There were three occasions where the path took a snowy turn. The first couple looked safe enough as the main stream was some distance way, but I did get a ‘post hole’ on the way down. However, the last snow bridge was a straight burn crossing. Plenty of foot prints and boot dirt stretched over the snow but I opted to follow the stream up a side gully and to cross on some expose bare granite, no fear of that collapsing. Safety first. The weather on the summit was OK but it started to rain and add in the wind, it was not a day for hanging around in the great outdoors. I could have opted to put on my rain jacket on but I decided for a quick descent to the mid plateau. I wore my Hilltrek made to measure venture trousers that were ideal for the walk up and half the way down but the lower valleys had heated up a lot. A quick change into the CraigHopper shorts made for a more comfort. A 20 mile, 7 hour summers day when winter thinking was still required.