Ben Nevis via CMD gets a perfect ten
by scottishkennyg » Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:12 pm
Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete
Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg
Date walked: 05/04/2013
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I started from the North Face car park near Torlundy at 0745. The track led up to the upper car park (where I guess you need to be in some fraternity to obtain one of these spaces) before crossing the style and alongside Allt a Mhuilinn. A feint path led onto the NW ridge. With each step the views of the vertical northern cliffs emerged.
The summit cairn on CBD was found at 0950. The icy cliff edge was easily followed up on to the top of CDM at 1005, then up onto the CMD summit cairn at 1025.
Just found out that you can click on the images to make them larger and enhance views.
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The views were superb and were completely dominated by the 700m cliffs on the North face.
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The ridge narrowed on descent and continued along the sharp edge of the Coire Leis. Footing was sure as the snow was consolidated and the path fairly obvious. Still, not the ideal place to fret about falling to the left or right or consider the meaning of vertigo.
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At the end of the arête a proud cairn is sited to indicate a viable escape route in the event of adverse weather. This leads down into the Coire Leis although without crampons and an ice axe it would be very dangerous in winter conditions.
The surrounding views around the Mamores, Grey corries, into Glencoe were grand and endless.
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Continued up the very steep south ridge which involved many recovery stops before the slope eased as the summit was reached.1200.
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The clear skies contrasted well with the snow covering and the views around were stunning. I had to climb up on the large shelter as on previous visits it had been too busy. I almost slipped off on the descent as another climber appeared.
I wandered over to the north side of the summit passed the deep gully known as gardyloo and had a wee peak down, before taking some photos back across the summit. I took a personal moment to remember a colleague who recently died after a fatal fall on the northern cliffs. (RIP Mark)
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In these weather conditions the summit of the highest point in the UK is a great place to be. However it is not always like this and it is worth recording some important emergency bearings for navigating when conditions are not so good. From the summit cairn, grid bearings of 231 degrees for 150m then after the top of gardyloo adjust to 282 and follow to avoid the dangerous five finger gully. (remember to make adjustments for magnetic north) Further details can be viewed at http://www.mcofs.org.uk/ben-nevis-navigation.asp
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I reluctantly headed back down following the edges of the famous gullys and buttresses to Carn Dearg tops then south west into the red burn, Coire na h Urchaire which was covered in snow and was perfect using crampons and ice axe.
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A path led alongside the Lochan Meall an t Suidhe and meandered north down to the upper level car park and the North Face car park at 1430. The information boards in the car park were excellent and displayed useful contact numbers and details of routes for visitors. Also got a nice wee view of a par three golf hole, must be time for golf now...
This walk gets a perfect ten/ ten from me for everything and with over 350 images truly refreshed my memory of the Big Ben.
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andymeg123 wrote:Cracking photos. Hoping to do this but avoiding snow/avalanche risk. Expect it will be more scrambly than when covered in snow/ice. Would love to do in the snow but not got the experience. Worried about taking on too much especially in view of one of your hairier reports on http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=29839
Cheers Andy, hope you enjoy the CMD route and get the great views . Thanks for the timely reminder about that hairy moment on SnC as it was just about this time last year!!Hopefully the weather is about to change and the high pressure is not far away to get us going.