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Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Ben Nevis 13 Sep


Postby bairnsdalebulls » Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:38 am

Hi, I am about to embark on my first trip to Scotland . I will be having a go at Ben Nevis on this day. Anybody care to join a 55yo for a walk. Jenny
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby welshwalker » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:57 pm

Hi, which way up were you planning?
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby bairnsdalebulls » Mon Aug 27, 2012 12:10 pm

welshwalker wrote:Hi, which way up were you planning?

Willing to give anything a go
But not confident in my navigation skills
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby welshwalker » Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:41 pm

Hi there, I would like to go via the CMD arête, this is a route that involves exposure for a section between the two munros.
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby bairnsdalebulls » Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:07 pm

To be honest I suspect this might be beyond me. I'm fit can run a marathon but have no experience in hill climbing and scrambling. Will take you advice cheers jenny
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby welshwalker » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:49 am

Hi Jenny,

I think the arete would not be a good option if you haven't experienced exposure before. It is the way I am hoping to go up this time. Couple of things for going up:

If you are driving there, the car park at the bottom of the walk most folk would use will charge you, £3.50 for the day I think so it's good to have change.
The route up is pretty obvious, although once you get to the top, in bad viz it can be a little dangerous. Once the path gets less steep at the top, there are a series of large cairns which mark the way toward the summit plateau.
On the plateau itself, it is important to take good compass bearings in bad viz, the reason for this is that there are some pretty big drops. In good viz, it is obvious.

If you are going up with a good forecast, I personally would take a break if you are uncomfortable with poor viz toward the top if it looks like it will improve.

I have done a lot of long distance running myself, I think you would agree it is easier to avoid the mid day sun and Nevis is the same.

I hope that you find someone to go up with, if you do end up going up alone there are a lot of people who do.

Cheers

Greg
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby bigspender » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:39 pm

I'm hoping to do these hills and the Aonachs the last weekend in September and my preferred route would be CMD and the arete to Ben Nevis if you're interested.
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby scoob999 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 11:41 am

Maybe somebody can confirm this, but i think there is a bypass path below the ridge itself?
I cant remember, i was having to much fun :lol:
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby basscadet » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:20 pm

Don't ask me.. It was covered in sna when I did it.. :)

I would say though, that it isnt so tricky that an inexperienced person couldnie manage it though.. :roll:
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby LeithySuburbs » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:56 pm

scoob999 wrote:Maybe somebody can confirm this, but i think there is a bypass path below the ridge itself?
I cant remember, i was having to much fun :lol:


Yes, nearly all of it can be bypassed.
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby bairnsdalebulls » Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:45 pm

welshwalker wrote:Hi Jenny,

I think the arete would not be a good option if you haven't experienced exposure before. It is the way I am hoping to go up this time. Couple of things for going up:

If you are driving there, the car park at the bottom of the walk most folk would use will charge you, £3.50 for the day I think so it's good to have change.
The route up is pretty obvious, although once you get to the top, in bad viz it can be a little dangerous. Once the path gets less steep at the top, there are a series of large cairns which mark the way toward the summit plateau.
On the plateau itself, it is important to take good compass bearings in bad viz, the reason for this is that there are some pretty big drops. In good viz, it is obvious.

If you are going up with a good forecast, I personally would take a break if you are uncomfortable with poor viz toward the top if it looks like it will improve.

I have done a lot of long distance running myself, I think you would agree it is easier to avoid the mid day sun and Nevis is the same.

I hope that you find someone to go up with, if you do end up going up alone there are a lot of people who do.

Cheers

Greg
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Re: Ben Nevis 13 Sep

Postby Fudgie » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:59 pm

If you're still planning to do this then there's snow on the top. I saw it today from Corrour.
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