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Ben Nevis on Remembrance Day

Ben Nevis on Remembrance Day

Postby Sunset tripper » Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:58 am

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis

Date walked: 11/11/2014

Time taken: 5 hours

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I did this walk a year ago to the day. Ben Nevis is a hill I climb every year and this year I left it a bit late but with a good forecast I left Inverness early on the 11th of November 2014 - Remembrance Day and headed off en route to Fort William. It was just starting to brighten up as I reached Loch Tarff.
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I stopped at the commando memorial near Spean Bridge. A place that I have stopped at many times. A few family members have served in the marines this is a great place to stop and also a great viewpoint.
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I soon arrived in the main Ben Nevis Car park and was surprised there was not a single car there. The pony track or mountain track is not my favourite way up the Ben but today I thought it would be fairly quiet as I knew there was snow on the path higher up.
From low on the path looking towards the mamores.
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Almost a Brocken Spectre
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Further up the path looking back.
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It looked like a river of fog running down Glen Nevis.
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I met the snow at round about 1000 metres but it was thin and fairly easy going all the way to the top. The conditions were perfect and if I had left earlier would have been a great day for the CMD.
Nearly there.
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Near the edge :shock:
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Tower Ridge :shock:
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The war memorial
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I was pottering about the top quite happy to be the highest person out of about 60 million. Then the conditions started to change.
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The wind had picked up and the cloud had moved in. The path was hard to follow and I could no longer see the big navigation cairns. Things can change quickly up here :shock:
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But it soon blew over and I made my way down in what was once again perfect conditions.
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I only met 9 or 10 people on the path the whole day which surprised me a bit. A great day but its still a long way down :(

Back at the car park in Glen Nevis there is another poignant memorial
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Re: Ben Nevis on Remembrance Day

Postby Silverhill » Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:03 pm

Stunning pictures, particularly of the mist streaming down Glen Nevis. It’s very unusual to have the summit to yourself on Ben Nevis. :shock: :D
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