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.
Weather was as expected was wet, cloudy, misty but also as hoped some moments of sun
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...
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.
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.
Share your personal walking route experiences in Scotland, and comment on other peoples' reports.
Warning Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. Summer routes may not be viable or appropriate in winter. See winter information on our skills and safety pages for more information.