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CMD Arete

CMD Arete


Postby johnrich » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:00 am

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg

Date walked: 14/01/2012

Time taken: 8.5 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 1481m

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We set off from the youth hostel with the weather report saying if was a 90% chance of a clear summit, no change in temperature with height and no wind chill :lol: silly of us to think this was true :lol:
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The climb up from the hut is a slog but it was just heads down and go for it. We got into the cloud about 2/3 of the way up.
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Just in front of us on the CMD were a couple of mountain rescue chaps with a couple of other people and as they started on the arete they stopped and roped up, thinking they knew something we didn't know we did likewise :?
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There was very little wind on the arete so the going was very straight forward and the mist removed the feeling of exposure so it wasn't as bad as I had thought. The climb onto the Ben was steep and the wind was picking up causing significant wind chill.
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It was a white out on the top so a compass bearing was used to get past the gully, we bumped into a couple that were going back down #4 gully but as it was 3pm and the light would go in a hour we decided to carry on down the zig-zags and head for home :D
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby L-Hiking » Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:55 am

Nice pics there, It really looks cold on the Arete and on the Ben :?

That rope stuff is too scary for me tho :D

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Re: CMD Arete

Postby monty » Sat Jan 21, 2012 12:29 pm

Nice reporthn. Shame about the clag but some nice pictures none the less. Rock look slippy on the arete. :D
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby yokehead » Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:19 pm

Nice one! Great photos of the challenging conditions. :D
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby quoman » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:40 pm

Am no brave enough for that :lol: :lol: excellent report and photo's pitty about the clag and it looks slippy.
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby luckyguy68 » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:46 pm

Looked like a good day for it going by the photies. Thats some amount of kit for someone with only 22 munros under their belt :shock:
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby Collaciotach » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:53 pm

Only time i use a rope is for cattle or the boat seeing your pics i reckon i ll keep it that way :lol:

Seriously good report an intro to a rope would be a Summer thang for me :lol:
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby BoyVertiginous » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:55 pm

Lovely stuff.
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby johnrich » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:22 am

luckyguy68 wrote:Looked like a good day for it going by the photies. Thats some amount of kit for someone with only 22 munros under their belt :shock:

Thanks, It was a great day out and I must admit I was just tagging along so Craig was the man responsible for all that kit :D
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby Del246 » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:45 pm

Well done in that weather.
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Re: CMD Arete

Postby johnrich » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:08 am

quoman wrote:Am no brave enough for that :lol: :lol: excellent report and photo's pitty about the clag and it looks slippy.

haha you don't need to be brave just stupid :lol: :lol:
It's not so bad :D
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