Difficulty of Ben Nevis for older person
by Bananabella » Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:22 pm
And, if the answer is 'yes you are definitely crazy', does anyone have any tips for good but safe climbs we could go on? Especially ones that would give him a real sense of achievement? Ideally not too remote, as we're travelling up from Essex and don't have the longest amount of time for the holiday. But now it sounds like I'm trying to get someone else to plan our holiday... Anyway, thanks so much for anyone who's read this whole post!
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by Coop » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:14 pm
There's room for two abreast on the lower section where someone could stay on his outside.
Take care on reaching the summit if the mist is down as you may veer towards the edge of one of the corries
I'd go up from May onwards with him. Most of the snow should have gone by then and you may get a good view on a clear day.
Ps I'm a couple of years younger and most summits I reach give me a sense of achievement
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by Cairngorm creeper » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:46 pm
Cairngorm is an easier option, and whilst the summit is still above 4000ft with great views it starts much higher up so there is much less ascent and although the path is not as good as Ben Nevis it is still much better than many of the easier Munro's. You also have the advantage of being able to take the train down if it all proves too much.
I hope you have a great time what ever you choose.
by Sunset tripper » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:43 pm
All the best.
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by Sgurr » Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:19 pm
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by Veryhappybunny » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:12 pm
There are steep edges near the path when it is crossing the plateau - and if the mist comes down careful navigation is needed as this link http://ben-nevis.com/images/navigation/nevis_aerial.jpg shows.
Given the length of the day, as someone whose father had dementia I would be concerned you were putting yourself in a difficult position, albeit for good motives. However I guess everyone is different and your father may be less affected than mine was.
Whatever you decide it may be worth having a plan B. The Ben is reputedly only cloud free one day in six, on average and I have spent a number of visits to Fort William in Nevissport cafe as the rain ran down the windows and the Ben was clagged in before i got a clear day.
Would you have time to see how things go on a less committing hill first? Even one such as Aonach Mor, where you could take a gondola down if you need to.
Good luck, whatever you do.
by fofoma » Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:05 pm
It is also extremely busy which may make your Dad a bit anxious if he is anything like my late FIL was when he was suffering from Alzheimers.
We recently did the Cairnwell Three at Glenshee - you start off at about 600m so a good high start and then you can choose to come down on the chairlift if it is running...which may sound like cheating but was a great relief to my aged knees.
You won't get total solitude up there and it is a bit scarred by the ski runs etc but you do manage to get away from it all climbing Carn a'Gheoidh and the views are always nice.