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Great walk - Highly Recommended (Very wet feet)

Great walk - Highly Recommended (Very wet feet)


Postby Andres » Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:49 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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

Date walked: 15/08/2015

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 17.5 km

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This is quite possibly one of the best ways to experience Ben Nevis, especially if you like to stay off the beaten track and avoid hoards of other walkers. We past one person in the first 20 minutes of the walk, then we didn't see a soul until we got to the summit which was utterly crowded. The route down was equally crowded (passing at least 10 people per minute) until we broke off from the main route again.

The path, even when un-marked is clear (either a clear path, narrow ridge, or just follow the grade up), with the possible exception of some early confusion in the woodlands at the beginning of the walk. The final scramble up to the summit plateau is a little daunting, but so long as you keep climbing you will get there. Once we reached the top it was shrouded in mist but we were able to follow the voices of dozens of other climbers to the summit marker. The route down, when shared with the "Tourist" track is somewhat boring but it can be fun to see the variety of people attempting the climb. After breaking from the path it got very VERY wet and eventually we gave up avoiding the deeper bogs and resigned ourselves to the fact that we would be arriving back at the car park with soaking wet shoes... We crossed Allt a' Mhuilinn fairly early and the water come up to our ankles (I was very thankful for my gaiters) if you hold out, better crossings are available.

My mate and I did the walk in 6.5 hours moving at a good clip with all sorts of weather, we had sun, rain, and a little bit of snow in the middle of August.

Great walk, strongly recommended!
Andres
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