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Ben Nevis (or how to avoid a royal wedding)

Ben Nevis (or how to avoid a royal wedding)

Postby clivew » Sun May 01, 2011 7:50 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis

Date walked: 28/04/2011

Time taken: 4.75 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

Ascent: 1325m

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Had a really enjoyable walk up Ben Nevis with my two brothers, Alan and Colin and a friend Chris who were all visiting from Wales for a few days. We had originally planned to climb the Ben on the 29th the day of a wedding that was taking place somewhere down south (can't remember who the bride and groom were can any body help?); we thought that was about the only place we were sure we wouldn't find a tele. We drove up from Edinburgh on the Thursday afternoon arriving in Fort William at about 2.00pm, the weather was so good we decided to drive straight to the Glen Nevis visitor centre and climb Ben Nevis on the Thursday instead. Another reason for the change of date was the chance that thousands of others would be trying to avoid the wedding as well and block the foot path on Friday with a moving mass of Royal Wedding avoidnicks.
The climb was very straight forward but enjoyable with not many people on the track or the summit and we were lucky enough to arrive at the top during a break in the clouds and had the benefit of the fantastic views in all directions. The walk from the visitor centre car park to the top and back took us a bit less than 5 hours and we enjoyed a cracking pint of IPA at the pub just over the river from the Glen Nevis car park on our return.
On the Friday morning we decided to walk in Glen Nevis; what a fantastic place the Glen is, we crossed the wire rope bridge near the waterfall and the re-crossed it to walk further up the track to the ruined building. A great couple of days which we finished of at the Drovers Inn at the top of Loch Lomond for a steak sandwich and a couple of very nice pints before heading back home to Edinburgh.
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