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Re: Fancy a drive up ‘The Ben’

I went up via the CMD Arete and had most of the route to my myself (though at the beginning you follow the same route as the tourist hordes). On arriving at the top it was bizarre to come from scrambling alone up the steep slope of black boulders that leads from the CMD Arete to the summit only to e...
by Monkey
Wed May 27, 2009 9:38 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Fancy a drive up ‘The Ben’
Replies: 16
Views: 6506

Re: Ben Nevis/ Carn Mor Dearg Arete advice

You'll be fine in June. I crossed last summer and I was almost disappointed at how easy I found the Carn Mor Dearg Arete. I'm scared of heights and I was psyched up for something a lot worse. I did go very slowly however. ;) The views of Ben Nevis's craggy north face are very impressive.
by Monkey
Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:12 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Ben Nevis/ Carn Mor Dearg Arete advice
Replies: 9
Views: 4040

Re: Novices on Mountains

I'm skipping the "say hello" page and just diving in here for my first post. I do like a good debate/discussion and this topic always includes a little luke warm repartee. What we are talking about here is an old-fashioned idea known as common sense. My first proper hillwalk was on Beinn ...
by Monkey
Tue Feb 24, 2009 12:20 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novices on Mountains
Replies: 49
Views: 13013

Re: Novices on Mountains

You guys exaggerate. Any fool can walk up Snowdon or Ben Nevis by the easy routes. OK so the winter snow makes it considerably more dangerous, but Snowdonia doesn't get so much snow these days... ... just wondering if Monkey has done much winter walking? :shock: :shock: I am gobsmacked (doesn't hap...
by Monkey
Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:31 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novices on Mountains
Replies: 49
Views: 13013

Re: Novices on Mountains

Unfortunately I think there's a lot of snobbery in our sport (that is, mountaineeering / hillwalking / climbing). The elite professionals at the cutting edge, the kind that pioneer new routes on virgin faces etc, and half of whom seem to die in pursuit of their ambitions, look down upon the next lev...
by Monkey
Mon Feb 16, 2009 7:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novices on Mountains
Replies: 49
Views: 13013

Re: Novices on Mountains

You guys exaggerate. Any fool can walk up Snowdon or Ben Nevis by the easy routes. OK so the winter snow makes it considerably more dangerous, but Snowdonia doesn't get so much snow these days. I read a comment over on UKClimbing.com, the gist of which went like this, "the Trail readers wearin...
by Monkey
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:44 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novices on Mountains
Replies: 49
Views: 13013

Re: Novices on Mountains

You guys exaggerate. Any fool can walk up Snowdon or Ben Nevis by the easy routes. OK so the winter snow makes it considerably more dangerous, but Snowdonia doesn't get so much snow these days. I read a comment over on UKClimbing.com, the gist of which went like this, "the Trail readers wearing...
by Monkey
Mon Feb 16, 2009 6:35 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Novices on Mountains
Replies: 49
Views: 13013

Re: an stuc

I did it at the beginning of last month in summer conditions. There were two hairy points in particular. One thing that scares me about the Munros in winter is the difficulty of following paths lost under the snow.
by Monkey
Tue Nov 04, 2008 10:26 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: an stuc
Replies: 3
Views: 2347

Re: mountains shelters

I managed to find a list of the 100 odd MBA bothies using Google together with their OS grid references. I contacted Andre via private message and then emailed the list to him. I know there have been problems with groups of drunken young guys from the cities going there for a "wild weekend"...
by Monkey
Sun Oct 19, 2008 6:34 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: mountains shelters
Replies: 4
Views: 2298

Re: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT

That's quite a marathon Bio-man! Are you climbing these peaks mainly for the first or second time? The best of luck to you.... :)
by Monkey
Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:29 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT
Replies: 87
Views: 51789

Re: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT

I find them ok. I'm doing a busy Monday right now straight off the overnight coach this morning after a weekend in Edinburgh. The bus took 10 hours and I slept for most of them. I used half a valium pill, one of those U-shaped inflatable pillows, and one of those eye shades they give out on aeroplan...
by Monkey
Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:40 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT
Replies: 87
Views: 51789

Re: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT

^ Actually I wasn't using sleeper trains but rather overnight buses. Indeed I'm packed and ready for the off to Scotland in less than an hour - though to Edinburgh rather than the mountains this time. Next weekend I'll be beck in the Munros. :-) Interesting that you also missed out the Devil's Point...
by Monkey
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:02 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT
Replies: 87
Views: 51789

Re: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT

^ Congratulations Bio-Man. It's nice to see you're back in the mountains after an accident that would surely put many people off for life! My first ever mountains in Britain were the 9 x 4000ers. I did them in two masochistic weekends out of London. The weekends were incredibly cheap and I didn't ha...
by Monkey
Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:58 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Scottish 4,000ers in aid of MRT
Replies: 87
Views: 51789

Re: What is the best hill in Scotland?

There are loads of good mountains but surely the Cuillin are the the most visually dramatic. Liathach and An Teallach are perhaps the only mainland mountains that have the same combination of visual drama and challenge. The Buachaille is also lovely and Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete made a ...
by Monkey
Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:38 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is the best hill in Scotland?
Replies: 33
Views: 14310

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