by KatTai » Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:15 pm
Route description: Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path
Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis
Date walked: 01/07/2015
Time taken: 8.2 hours
Distance: 17 km
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There were rumbles of thunder when we were about and hour away from getting back to the visitor centre and the last bit of the descent was uncomfortably hot, but we were back in the car by 1.20pm and on our way before the thunder really kicked off. I'm guessing a lot of people that were just heading up as we were nearly down wouldn't have been so lucky though!
My pal Dottie on the way up, she writes fortnightly newsletters to seriously ill children as a part of the charity Post Pals and it was this we were raising money for. She will soon have a newsletter going out about her Ben Nevis Challenge!:
Amazing views, really lucky to get such nice clear weather:
Fortunately there was one other person at the summit to take this lovely photo of us all together at the top! I was really amazed that we actually had time at the top where we were the only ones there as I really wasn't expecting that at all! If the lady is on WH - thank you so much for taking this photo!
Millie was very happy to see the snow at the top, she tried leaving her own mark at the top but much to her annoyance I picked it up! There were only two small stretches of soft snow to walk across and it was pretty soft.
All in all, it was a great walk that I really enjoyed though I think the early start had a lot to do with that, I doubt I'd have enjoyed it so much starting later in the day when there were a lot of other people going up so it was well worth the early start.
by Beam » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:08 pm
Great photos. Looks like you had a beautiful day for it and a great cause!
by BlackPanther » Thu Jul 02, 2015 3:25 pm
I did Nevis in 2010 in memoriam of the 96 victims of Smolensk disaster, carried a little Polish flag to the summit. Luckily, I also had a clear day. My chum climbed Nevis 4 times and only saw the views once. Weather up there can be really sulky.
Now it's time for us to visit The Ben again, via the CMD arete
by KatTai » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:53 pm
BP - I was glad that visibility was so good, I really wanted to get photos of Dottie showing the landscape rather than Dottie in a mist/cloud that could be anywhere so I was really lucky especially as it was forecast cloud when I first decided to go for it. It must have been Dottie's luck striking again! Good luck heading up via the CMD! That way is a bit beyond my ability at the moment LOL
by teaandpies » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:21 pm
Beam wrote:Wow, I can't believe how much the snow has melted! I was only up there last Thursday and none of the buildings other than the shelter were visible!
As I was looking through these pics I was thinking the same exact thing the difference between the 2 trips in a matter of days is astonishing.
Glad you've stuck about the forum Beam. I hope your nav course goes well and the knees get better!
by dogplodder » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:01 am
by KatTai » Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:21 pm
dogplodder wrote:Early start definitely the way to go to beat the heat and crowds. I found some people's manners sadly lacking, shoving past folk on the path without as much as a grunt in the process. I normally like folk - but Nevis was something else.
Odd you should say that, I found for the most part the people on Ben Nevis were a lot more pleasant than when I did Ben Lomond! Coming down Ben Nevis there were two guys who basically moved to walk on the side me and the dog were coming down making us have to move to the otherside that I thought was very rude but they were the only ones I found to be lacking manners. Most other people were very friendly and said hello, got a lot of comments on how well behaved Millie was LOL The few people with dogs that we met had dogs with good manners, I was dreading meeting other dogs after several unpleasant encounters when we did Ben Lomond but I was pleasantly surprised to find no issues at all on Ben Nevis. Though maybe I had just timed it right, Ben Lomond I did on Good Friday!