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Ben Nevis for Teenage Cancer Trust

Ben Nevis for Teenage Cancer Trust


Postby coachmacca » Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:48 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis

Date walked: 28/07/2012

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1400m

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Well the day of the charity climb , and our 4th clomb only since we started, of Ben Nevis in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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On the approach drive through Glencoe


Weather was as expected was wet, cloudy, misty but also as hoped some moments of sun :)

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The lower path on ascent


While its a track and as everyone knows thousands have done it the going was tougher than I had imagined. While I totally understand the need and want for developed stone tracks to protect the wilderness and provide guidance they KILL my knee...

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Looking back on the final leg of the ascent


Anyway great hike, past lost of people of all ages, nationalities and experience, made a few buddies along the way as well, and we all motivated one another.

Once on the ascent proper it was like a different world, hard scree, grey barren rock, and thick engulfing mist - fantastically atmospheric. The cloud broke on occasions to treat us to unveiling views of beauty!

We made the summit, energy came bounding back, had a sandwich , chatted and took pictures then began the descent.

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Well worth the hard work! we raised £2k


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The misty summit

Within and hour my knee started to twinge, by the last couple of miles it was torture but we made it dead on 8 hours :)

The drive back even treated us to an unusual but lovely ful spectrum view of a partial rainbow rising out the hills at Glencoe.

On to the lake district on Tuesday for some fell walking to recover.
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