24th. July, 2005:
My fifteen year old son, Tom, and his mate, Chris, had decided that they’d like to climb Ben Nevis so we hired a cheap Fiat Panda and made the road head in Glen Nevis by early evening on the 23rd. July. Although the lads had done a couple of wild camping trips in the Lakes and the Rhinogs, this was the first time that they’d set off into the Scottish hills for three nights and it felt like a big adventure. We got up the hill for a mile or so to Steall and cooked some supper before being driven into our tents by the midges. The midges also drove us off quite early the next morning but we soon climbed into Allt Coire Guibhsachan and found a good site to camp high, pitched the tents, unloaded some gear and headed off to the col between the Aonachs and Carn Mor Dearg. From there it was a cloudy stroll up the mountain’s eastern ridge to arrive on the summit where we were greeted by the mists rolling away to reveal dramatic views of the north side of Ben Nevis – brilliant! After that, we just enjoyed the airy scramble along the arête, taking in the views of the Mamores all the way to the top and enjoying every second of the trip. The summit, though, was pretty busy and we didn’t stay long before heading back the way we’d come, re-visiting Carn Mor Dearg (and, in my case, diverting north to take in the top of Carn Dearg Meadhonach) before returning to the tents. Tomorrow we’d get over 4,000 feet again and tackle the Aonachs.
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