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ben nevis via cmd
by maryhillmoose » Sun May 08, 2011 5:53 pm
Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete
Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg
Date walked: 01/05/2011
Time taken: 9 hours
Distance: 18 km
Ascent: 1400mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
We made our way along the path to the CIC hut, under the huge cliffs of first Carn Dearg then the North face itself. The wind was picking up a bit but we ambled along, savouring the peace and quiet, only a few other walkers way ahead of us, their tiny outlines framed by Coire Leis with the Carn Mor Dearg ridge above. Our challenge for the day. But first we had to make a sharp left, cross the burn and get ourselves onto the top of Carn Mor Dearg itself. On reflection we should have done this at a much earlier point as Im convinced the quad burning slog that ensued would have been more tolerable and less littered with curse words...
Ive no idea how long it took to reach the top but it was the most tiring hill Ive climbed so far, like going up a ladder with no proper rungs...I spent most of it engaging hands to clutch boulders, heather or anything at all to help take the pressure off my wee legs! Oh, but what a view...
There were around 8 other people on the summit of Carn Mor Dearg, including two young guys who were looking for a route back down, having looked at the ridge and deciding it wasn't for them. The wind was gusting quite severely at times, when it caught you it did knock you sideways a little. But from the summit we felt like we could see every mountain top in scotland...
We started off along the ridge...
No question, I WAS scared for the first 5 minutes...but then my confidence increased when I realised I was moving quite easily over the boulders and scree...I was ENJOYING it! It was fun! It took about an hour to make our way along the ridge, we took breaks when a few particularly strong gusts of winds passed through, a good excuse if any was needed to marvel at our good fortune with the weather and its gift of those wonderful views..
The shock for us was reaching the point where the ridge comes up against the NE side of Ben Nevis and we were back into another steep ascent, this time of a boulder and scree slope that at times involved scrambling up on hands and knees...
looking back the way we had come..
After another half hour or so the summit plateau seemed to just appear out of nowhere...snow covered and teeming with people but who cares...we did it!
We stayed for around 30 minutes, just long enough to eat, drink and soak up the stunning vista all around. It was very windy and cold, by now it was around 4.30pm. We started off back down the mountain track and I have to say how glad I am that we didnt come up that way...its a tough path but unrewarding, coming down at least gives some nice views. Overall most people we passed looked prepared but we did pass quite a few in jeans, t shirts and even a couple of guys with their food in a plastic bag tucked into their shorts! We made it back at 6.30pm, and many were still heading up at that time. We didnt linger, a two hour drive back to Glasgow was ahead but I have to say it was the happiest bit of driving Ive done in a long time! The day even threw up a final treat as we enjoyed dusk over the arrochar alps...
This was the most challenging walk Ive done so far and Im not sure Id have attempted it in anything other that crystal clear weather, although I think the challenge for me was more mental than physical...now my confidence has sky rocketed! I want more!
by pigeon » Sun May 08, 2011 6:15 pm
by HighlandSC » Sun May 08, 2011 6:24 pm
by Tenbob » Sun May 08, 2011 6:44 pm
Have a great holiday in Switzerland
by mgmt! » Sun May 08, 2011 7:50 pm
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by maryhillmoose » Sun May 08, 2011 8:28 pm
This walk/climb was a test to see how fit I was in prep for walking the Alpine Pass route this summer, all I can say is bring it on!
by ChrisW » Sun May 08, 2011 9:02 pm
by stixrooster » Mon May 09, 2011 4:46 pm
by chegp » Mon May 09, 2011 9:31 pm
Real nice report. I was planning Ben Nevis via CMD for my second post, but I may just put up pics and refer to yours. Enjoy the Alps!
by rockhopper » Mon May 09, 2011 10:28 pm
that's you started now - looking forward to seeing your next reports
by stixrooster » Tue May 10, 2011 9:18 am