Stunning Carn Mor Dearg, CMD Arete and Ben Nevis
by Bod » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:31 pm
Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete
Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg
Date walked: 02/06/2012
Time taken: 10 hours
Distance: 17.1 km
Ascent: 1502m18 people think this report is great. Register or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
So our Jubilee Weekend plan turned out to be camping in Glen Nevis with our Gary and his lovely lass Carrie eager to capture their 2nd and 3rd munros. Why not go for two giants with a linking arete requiring scambling and bags of energy then?
I arrived first on Friday evening direct from work with Ritchie and the car packed to the gunnels with the tent and all the camping gear. With the tent swiftly set up I was then off down to the supermarket where I bumped into dooterbang and his lass also buying provisions for the weekend. They were headed further north to climb Suilven, and it was cool to recognise eachother simply from our walk reports and introduce ourselves for the first time . By this time Valerie, Gary and Carrie had arrived and we settled down in the glen enjoying watching walkers and climbers descending the Ben.
The North face Carpark was our chosen starting point and provided a very enjoyable approach up through the forest to follow the Allt a'Mhuilin and then the broad shoulder rising steadily up towards Carn Mor Dearg. Ritchie was left behind today with friends living locally as I reckoned the arete was not ideal dog walking ground, plus we fancied the chance to explore and have the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy Ben Nevis and take no unnecessary risks. Drinking water too had to be considered as there would be few sources on the hill today adding to the thrill and adventure. The Ben did not let us down, what a mountain
The Mountain track descent that we took initially as far as the half way lochan (Lochan an Meall an t-Suidhe) with the wide zig-zags was a very entertaining at some points a concerning experience. Dozens and dozens of walkers of all sorts and types were all striving to reach the top, and this never seemed to end! Goodluck to them all though and I hope they all kept safe and managed to get some enjoyment on the way back down?
At the path crossing of the red burn Valerie and I decided to leave Gary and Carrie to keeping heading down the track towards the campsite, and we crossed back over towards Torlundy. This route proved to be a fine end to our day and we were soon back round in Glen Nevis after collecting the car and Ritchie (a huge thank you to David and Mo for dog-sitting). Scrumptious bar meals and refreshing ciders and beers in the site bar and restuarant were then duly savoured ending off one of my best mountain experiences to date. Huge thumbs up
by Bod » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:30 pm
by Bod » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:17 am
by ChrisW » Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:55 am
by Ranger » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:43 am
Gutted I missed out last weekend, whats happened to the Summer now?
by mountainstar » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:03 am
then off down to the supermarket where I bunked into dooterbang and his lass also buying provisions for the weekend.
Was here shuffling through the magazine on the top shelf, looking for pictures of himself, muttering "Ver am I"?
Looks like you had a great day, so lucky with the weather
PS You may not have heard the story behind the dooterbang joke.
by SusieThePensioner » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:26 am
Bod wrote:I will be back to add in a few more words to describe this wonderful day very soon, needing to head off for some zzzzzzzzzzzz's
I think your amazing photos tell the story! Fantastic
That arete just makes me feel ill
by GillC » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:37 am
Great pic, you had a smashing day for it,,well done again. Gillc
by skuk007 » Thu Jun 07, 2012 12:59 pm
by Johnny Corbett » Thu Jun 07, 2012 1:10 pm
by Bod » Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:58 pm
skuk007 wrote:Great report Bod. Fabulous views you had. I'm looking to do the same route next month so can't wait now. Is the path through the first bit of forest easy enough to find and did you have any problems crossing the river on your return?
Hi skuk007, the path up through the forest from the North Face carpark is excellent and well maintained giving access to walkers and climbers. Also, the river crossing on our return caused no difficulties, but you could avoid that if you had time to continue round the path to the CIC hut, then take the path all the way back down (a bit more distance though). Interesting enough we met a couple of students studying Adventure Tourism Management who asked us about our route, and they indicated plans to develop further a path down our route (cheers mountainstar for the tip). Obviously landowners and finance are to be agreed with
by RadMan » Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:22 pm
What a weekend you guys had and great weather! Cant beat camping at Glen Nevis, its such a magical place , I love it. And I really must do this walk before summers out Well done guys
by L-Hiking » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:48 pm
by jimandandrea » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:57 pm
Brilliant. I am currently looking out the window at a very wet and cold Cumbria evening. You cheered us up.
by gammy leg walker » Thu Jun 07, 2012 8:47 pm