Last night I called up Ben and persuaded him to come to the West and get a route in on Ben Nevis. Lots of snow had fallen, we were thinking of spending many hours wading through North-East Buttress but on the way in decided it looked like hard work. We went up and climbed Cutlass (VI,7) on the Douglas Boulder instead. Ben went up the first pitch and I took the next two pitches which both had very good climbing on. Ben then ran out 30m of rope and we just abbed into Douglas Gap West Gully and headed off the hill. A team on Ledge Route and a team on Tower Ridge as far as we could see.