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Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete


Postby hooter2014 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 3:57 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg

Date walked: 26/08/2014

Time taken: 6.1 hours

Distance: 16.5 km

Ascent: 1540m

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What a day. Made a decision late the previous week that if the weather held I'd start my holiday with a trip up to Fort William and climb the Ben the hard way. It held. I did. :wink:

Drove up from Newcastle on Bank Holiday Monday, to my sisters in Edinburgh and a 6 o'clock start on Tuesday morning had me parking in the North Face car park just after 830. Just to back track a little though, I have to say the drive through Glencoe was simply stunning, quiet roads, not many clouds some of which were sitting on the peaks, I would have stopped to take some photos but wanted to get up to the car park thinking as the forecast was good it may be busy. As it happened it was relatively quiet.

Not sure how much the total ascent or distance covered was ( I've added a guesstimate from other walk reports) as I managed to loose my GPS in the Lakes yesterday :( Since been found and handed into Cumbria Police, thanks again Dave Richardson and family :D

Anyway, enough of the waffle from me, let the pictures tell the story of a glorious day in the hills, a bit of a chill in the air when I left the car park, but over 20 degrees when I got back there that afternoon. Enjoy, I sure did.
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Looks like this could be a very good day.
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Like Glencoe, just a little wisp of cloud on the top, hope it clears.
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Does this climb ever finish!!
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Well it did, eventually! Finally on the ridge with Aonach Mor behind. Sporting what will turn out to be a nice reminder of the efforts up to that point in the shape of a scar on my right shin. Some dastardly rabbit or other small animal decided to burrow down below an overhanging bit of heather just under a large rock, which I had the pleasure of stepping on, then in...OUCH!
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Cloud still there, really hope it clears.
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CMD up ahead.
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The Arete.
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I think it might just clear.
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Just got to get over this now.
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Hmm, don't look that way!
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Timing could be good!
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Great view, back the way I'd come.
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But even better to the South.
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The Arete done, easy peasy (Ahem!)
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Almost there.
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On top of the World, well GB at any rate.
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I am smiling, although it does look like a bit of a grimace!
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Great views.
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Just a long tedious trip down the tourist path now. It never ceases to amaze me when I pass parents with children who don't have the right gear on and as far as I could see, no water, crazy, reckless people!
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It was rather warm by now and a stunning day.
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Not much of a path here, if in fact any, its more of a long bog, but as good a guide as any is to find and follow the line of fence posts.
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Wow, that's all there is to say, what a walk, climb, scramble, slip, slide, squelch of a day!
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby cookie » Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:26 pm

Looks like you got a cracking day for it, hooter, and even got your gps back, :)
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby Silverhill » Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:06 pm

What a fantastic day you had! 8) A bit of blood is a small price to pay for such an amazing trip. :wink:
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby hooter2014 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:39 am

cookie wrote:Looks like you got a cracking day for it, hooter, and even got your gps back, :)


Yeah, I was really lucky (x2) !
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby hooter2014 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:40 am

Silverhill wrote:What a fantastic day you had! 8) A bit of blood is a small price to pay for such an amazing trip. :wink:


It will be (the scar) a nice little reminder of a fantastic day.
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby chompish » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:47 am

Incredible time! Did you sprint the entire route? :shock:
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby Sarah86 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:48 am

Looks like you had a great day for it, I see many posts on Ben Nevis with limited views from the top.
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby tommyatr » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:57 pm

Good walk report and cracking pics,I really need to do this.
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby Spade » Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:49 pm

This is a great report, really enjoyed the read and photos. :clap:
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby Alteknacker » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:29 am

Enjoyed this read, and some of the pix are fabulous. :clap: And what a great day you had for it.
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby hooter2014 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:05 am

chompish wrote:Incredible time! Did you sprint the entire route? :shock:


No, I'm not one of those "nutters" but I do tend to get a shift on when coming down.
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby hooter2014 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:07 am

Sarah86 wrote:Looks like you had a great day for it, I see many posts on Ben Nevis with limited views from the top.


At one point just as I was about to reach the top it looked like a bit of mist was rolling in from the south east, but it kind of burnt away as it reached the summit :)
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby hooter2014 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:08 am

tommyatr wrote:Good walk report and cracking pics,I really need to do this.


If you get a day like I did, you'll not be disappointed.
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby hooter2014 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:11 am

Spade wrote:This is a great report, really enjoyed the read and photos. :clap:


:wink:
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Re: Ben Nevis via the CMD Arete

Postby hooter2014 » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:12 am

Alteknacker wrote:Enjoyed this read, and some of the pix are fabulous. :clap: And what a great day you had for it.


:wink:
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