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2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

Postby Fife Flyer » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:53 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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

Date walked: 16/08/2015

Time taken: 7 hours

Distance: 18 km

Ascent: 1560m

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I have been waiting for a decent forecast to tackle this route as it has been on my radar for what seems like ages now and yesterday looked like being the best opportunity. Tommy (tommyatr) had contacted me during the week to see I fancied heading to Fort William, so after monitoring the forecast it was finally a "goer".
We arranged to meet at Crianlarich at 7.30am and Tommy had volunteered to drive to Fort William, so another early rise was on the cards :lol:
I set off nice and early and was in Crianlarich just after 7am, hardly any traffic which suited me fine :lol: :lol:
The lack of traffic continued and we arrived at the car park just after 8 and were on our way soon after, the local population of everybody's favourite little insect was waiting for us and we were on their breakfast menu. Tommy had brought one of his Springers )Daisy) for a little bit of exercise. The car park was already fairly full, not quite sure where everybody was :o
There was no wind and the humidity was forecast to be over 90% and it wasn't long before we were perspiring profusely.
I had printed out the route and the initial part of the walk involves making decisions on which way to go at the numerous junctions :lol: The path was a shock to the system as it rose rather steeply and it wasn't long before a layer was removed. Daisy was loving the freedom and was criss-crossing the path, bouncing up and down in the long grass and splashing through any water run offs.
Once we were out of the forested area the views started to open up 8)

ImageDSCF4291 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, First peek of Fort William

ImageDSCF4292 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Great path

ImageDSCF4296 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The targets, CMD on the left & the Ben on the right

ImageDSCF4298 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Tommy & Daisy

The good path continued for a wee while before turning into one of the usual summer bog trots, we were hoping that as we got higher the ground would dry out a wee bit 8)

ImageDSCF4301 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The path now

ImageDSCF4307 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The north face

ImageDSCF4309 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking back

ImageDSCF4311 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe

ImageDSCF4313 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Daisy admiring the views

We could see quite a few fellow walkers in the distance and before we reached the summit of Carn Mor Dearg we would overtake them all. Firstly a party of 3 females who could be heard from Fort William and seemed be enjoying themselves 8) The next couple were from Italy and they would follow us along the Arete & finally another couple of females who were also a bit apprehensive about the Arete after the recent fatalities :(
As we gained height a bit of a breeze picked up and naturally the temperature dropped so it was on with the removed layer. The cloud was starting to gather on top of the Ben and was swirling around and as we neared the summit of CMD we entered the cloud.

ImageDSCF4315 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Cloud on the Ben

ImageDSCF4323 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking back, the path is now loose stones

ImageDSCF4328 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Daisy posing just before the summit

On top of CMD we had a nice chat with a guy from Canada who had been in the UK for 3 years and was now living in Knoydart 8) Like the rest of the walkers we overtook, he would follow us across the Arete :lol: I must have been far too busy chatting as I forgot to take any photo's on the summit :lol: :lol:

ImageDSCF4320 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe and the path to the CIC hut

Now it was time to start the descent onto the Arete, the cloud was still obscuring the way ahead so it was a matter of following the well trodden path 8) After a short part of the descent, the cloud suddenly lifted and the views were awesome 8)

ImageDSCF4334 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Daisy leading the way

ImageDSCF4335 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Cloud was lifting

ImageDSCF4336 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Cloud had lifted - perfect timing

ImageDSCF4337 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The way ahead

ImageDSCF4344 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, We opted for the bypass path

ImageDSCF4346 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking south

We opted for the bypass path for quite a few reasons, firstly Daisy, secondly I had new boots & they are firmer than my last pair and need to get used to them & thirdly the rocks were damp and probably slippy and after the recent incidents - safety first. We can always come back and be more adventurous :wink:
The italian couple were following us and I told them we were on the bypass path and if they wanted to do a bit of scrambling they could go up on the ridge - which they did 8)

ImageDSCF4354 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking back, see how many little people you can spot?

ImageDSCF4359 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The way ahead

ImageDSCF4361 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Tommy spoiling a fantastic view

ImageDSCF4366 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking towards Fort Bill

ImageDSCF4370 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The way up the Ben

ImageDSCF4382 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The Mamores

ImageDSCF4379 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking down on the Steall Falls

ImageDSCF4387 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, A brief rest before the slog up the Ben

ImageDSCF4386 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Nice cairn before heading up

The walk across the Arete involved a bit of hands on but nothing difficult, the views in all directions were amazing and it great looking at hills I had been up from different angles. Binnein Mor really does look pretty special :wink:

ImageDSCF4392 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/,

ImageDSCF4393 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/,

The climb up from the cairn at the end of the Arete was a proper slog, boulder hopping and as you get higher it gets steeper :roll: We also entered the Ben Nevis cloud, this would be my first time being on the Ben without a view and no snow :( We expected the summit to be busy and sure enough it was mobbed. The first thing you notice is all the shelters and other contraptions, then as you look down in between the rocky surface the litter was horrendous :shock: :shock: It doesn't matter what direction you look there were paper tissues, wet wipes, empty cans, empty bottles & the worst sight possible human excrement :shock: :shock: :roll:
We had a quick bite to eat and then joined the queue to stand next to the Trig :lol: :lol:

ImageDSCF4396 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Lunch

ImageDSCF4397 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Summit

ImageDSCF4398 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/,

ImageDSCF4399 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Trig on the Ben

ImageDSCF4400 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Snow feature

ImageDSCF4401 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, More sheep heading up

ImageDSCF4405 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, The view down from the tourist path

ImageDSCF4402 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking down

ImageDSCF4406 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Different?

ImageDSCF4407 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Thankfully we were leaving the crowds soon

ImageDSCF4414 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/126167535@N05/, Looking up to the Arete

We literally raced down the tourist path, overtaking umpteen folk, Tommy estimated we overtook more than 100 folk :roll: If you also imagine probably more plodding uphill, this was our idea of hell. Tommy suggested all walkers on the tourist path should be charged £1, that could then go towards the maintenance and clean up operations :wink:
Once we reached Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe we branched off the toursist path and headed to northen end of the Lochan along a good path, then the path just ended abruptly. It was time to test my new boots again as the ground was kind of soggy and they passed the test, for the first time in many, many outings I actually arrived back at the car with dry socks :o :shock:
We could see the path we took up to CMD in the distance so it was just a matter of plodding across the tufty wet grass, we knew we had to cross the Allt a Mhuillinn and that didn't really pose a problem. We were then back on the path back to the car park, once we entered the forest we then started to suffer a bit on the steep path heading downhill, knees and toes were starting to let us know that they were getting sore :lol:
Back at car in 7 hours and we were quite pleased with our day, the weather had been on it's best behaviour 8) The route above should only have taken us 6hrs 4mins according to Naismith :roll:
Thanks again to Tommy for being great company & the drive to and from Fort William :clap: :clap:
Only 2 hills, the Aonach's east of the Great Glen so they may well be my next targets, unless something else crops up :wink:
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Re: 2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

Postby Chris Mac » Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:19 pm

Great report and photo's! :clap:

That's the route I want to take when I tackle Ben Nevis and Carn Mor Dearg, that ridge looks like a cracker and you really get to appreciate the north face of Nevis. Such a shame about the mess at the summit, something should be done about that...
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Re: 2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

Postby ancancha » Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:07 pm

Nice one Fyfe Flyer :clap:
It is appalling the litter, maybe they should have a camera and all those caught should have to make a will leaving all their worldly possessions to the Keep the Ben Clean Foundation before having to walk the ridge to CMD barefoot :lol:
Perhaps charging everyone a £1 is more practical and useful :roll:
Glad you got some nice views and photos of the awesome ridge 8)
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Re: 2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

Postby jupe1407 » Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:08 am

Nice one Martin. I'm definitely not jealous at all of the frequency with which you get out on the hills :lol: :lol:
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Re: 2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

Postby tommyatr » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:43 pm

Great report,great walk and great company. Cheers once again Martin,although I don't think Daisy enjoyed it as much, :crazy:
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Re: 2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

Postby Lightfoot2017 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:06 am

Some fab pics there Martin. Especially like the pics of the ridge-line.

Agree re comments here by others about a small fee applied to all walkers who ascend via the tourist path. A £ a pop would result in tens of thoosins of quid p.a. directly going to clean-up and maintenance work. Its a no-brainer really. :crazy:
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Re: 2 Men, a dog & an awful lot of rubbish

Postby BlackPanther » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:42 am

I had this route planned for 2015... It may not happen as Kevin is injured and I don't know when he'll be in shape to tackle a biggie like this...

I did Nevis (via tourist route) in spring when the summit was still covered in snow. At least I didn't see the rubbish... I can imagine how nasty it must look, especially the human waste and the smell... Ugrhh...

Have fun on the Aonachs, just make sure you don't run out of daylight like we almost did :lol:
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