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Riding the low grade Gullies on The Ben?

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Am just getting into Snowboarding and am curious to know if it's do-able (for an experienced snowboarder) to board down the likes of the easy mountaineering grade (I, II) gullies on the north face of The Ben, the likes of number 2, number 3 and number 4 gullies?

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it's done regularly (never by me, oh no no, nope, non, niet) - search on youtube and you'll find a few vids, also on winterhighland (think Tower gully is probably the most frequent but the others get done too), lots of maddies up around there Shocked
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Think Stevomcd on here has first hand experience of Tower Gully and possibly a couple of the other gully's?

As Barry says, check on youtube, some good footage there.

They are ball shrinkingly steep at the top though!!
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It's doable, all the grade I gullies get done from time to time. (Tower, III, IV, V).

III and IV are probably the most frequently ridden as they're the easiest, but Tower has the kudos! wink

It is, as Backcountryboarder says, ludicrously steep at the top - over 50°, depending on the cornice build up. The top section is also exposed to a largish cliff below as well - you have to ride the top section, then cross over to the right to get into Observatory Gully. I rode it back in May 2007 from just below the cornice (climbed up first).

The helmet-cam vid on Youtube (just called Tower Gully or search for stevomcd) is me.

Gardyloo has supposedly been done by a visiting Chamonix guide... Shocked

If you want to get into this kind of riding, head to Nevis Range and ride the Back Corries. Once you're comfortable on the Coire Dubh headwall, then check out Easy Gully (the climber's access route into Coire an Lochain). It's way easier than any of the Nevis gullies and opens out quite quickly, but it's a good start. Fun to put the wind up all the cramponed-and-roped climbers too... Toofy Grin

Have a hunt around and see if you can get hold of Paul Raistrick's 2 films - "Pushing Winter" and "The Old Rock". He rides most of the lines on Nevis in those.
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