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Perfect day for Ben Nevis via CMD

Perfect day for Ben Nevis via CMD

Postby sandman1 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:14 am

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

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

Date walked: 16/10/2015

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Having walked the WHY in September 2014 in perfect weather, I've fallen in love with the highlands, and have been back three times since then. Coming from Ireland and having to book cheap flights in advance, it's always a bit hit and miss with the weather. I made my first attempt at the Ben on 1st June this year but had to turn back at 1100 metres due to snow. My luck was definitely in then on my latest visit which I think probably coincided with the best spell of weather enjoyed by Scotland this year. Conditions were so good that I decided to go the full hog and approach via the Carn Mor Dearg.
It was foggy setting out from Glen Nevis Hostel but mountains looked clear.
Setting out from youth hostel in the mist (640x425).jpg

I didn't have to climb too far to get above the fog. It was great looking down over sea of fog in glen.
Out of the mist (640x425).jpg

Having turned off the Mountain Path towards North Face Path, the air temperature seemed to drop significantly. I think Fort William is down there somewhere.
View from North Face Path (640x425).jpg

The views walking round the foot of the North Face were tremendous. Unfortunately my photography skills don't do them justice.
Here comes the sun (640x425).jpg
Is this the Castle (640x425).jpg
Approach to CIC hut (640x425).jpg
Going was very tough after hut. I wasn't sure of route, which turned out to be straight up side of CMD. Lot of loose rock and scree to negotiate. Views were breathtaking when I finally reached the summit.
View from CMD (640x425).jpg

Arete looked daunting from a distance but not so bad close up. Glad though that I was doing it on a calm day with good visibility.
Glad there's no wind today (640x425).jpg

Having negotiated the arête the summit was in sight but still quite a way to go.
Route to Ben from arete (640x425).jpg

The view back towards CMD was fantastic. The route so far had been so peaceful and I'd seen very few walkers.
View back to CMD (640x425).jpg

Having negotiated the rocky way up to summit it was so rewarding to look back and appreciate the route I'd taken
CMD and beyond from summit (640x425).jpg

Going down the Mountain Path was a lot busier than my route up. I was surprised at numbers heading up quite late in the day. My knees tend to suffer on long descents and I was glad to finally reach the bottom. The Ben looked great in the evening sun.
Looking back at end of wonderful day (640x425).jpg

I can't believe how lucky I was with the weather on this trip. What a pity I didn't buy a lottery ticket when I was booking my flights!
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Re: Perfect day for Ben Nevis via CMD

Postby Mantog » Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:29 pm

Good stuff. I remember it being a right slog up the side of CMD! Well worth it though.
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Re: Perfect day for Ben Nevis via CMD

Postby dav2930 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:12 pm

A perfect day indeed to take the proper route up the Ben! You got some great shots despite your modest estimation of your photographic skills. Probably no photo can do justice to the great north-east face, but yours from below the CIC hut shows many features quite well - the profile of NE Buttress, Orion Face, Observatory Ridge. And you caught the classic view of the 'Little Brenva Face', with the arête soaring up on the left, in good light. Nice one. :clap:
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