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Ben Nevis - An Epic Journey

Ben Nevis - An Epic Journey


Postby Sean0510 » Sun Aug 28, 2016 7:19 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis

Date walked: 27/08/2016

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 17 km

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Well, where to start...
Firstly, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you once again to all those who offered their advice on climbing this fantastic mountain - it really was appreciated.

I would have written it earlier, but today has been manic. Nevertheless, here we are.

WE DID IT!!! And what a day it turned out to be. As some of you know, I've had this in mind for 2-3 years - I wanted to stand on top of Ben Nevis. When I first said it, I saw nothing more than a challenge that needed completing. However, over the last few years, I've completely fallen in love with hillwalking. The scenery is outstanding, the people are incerdibly friendly, the feeling of achievement is something I'll never tire of, and it's great fitness - nothing bad at all about it.

So Ben Nevis... some of you mentioned to try and set off before the busy periods - sadly this didn't happen. The mountain was really quite a busy one. However, this didn't spoil the day at all. We kept at our own pace and enjoyed the views all the way up. Anyone who wanted by to climb quicker was welcome to do so. Myself and my friend were happy just to be there and admire the scenery :)

As you'll know, it's not a very forgiving place to go. It starts off at a gradually incline, and then just gets worse from there :lol: Luckily, we were more than prepared to handle what it had to offer - except snow... we weren't prepared for that! Lol. Fortunately enough, it was a great day for it.

Visibility was great for the most part, so we were able to soak in the incredible sights along the way. And we seemed to ascend rather quickly. We were feeling rather positive about the whole thing until be came around the bend and saw the edges of the top :shock: - a couple of people said not to underestimate it, and I'd like to think we didn't, but my god, it was rather intimidating!

Nevertheless, we continued onwards and arrived at the fork for the new pathway. The old path seemed rather unsafe but did seem to be a lot shorter, so it was rather tempting :lol: but we struggled along the new path as we didn't feel like getting injured lol.

Reaching the half way point was great for us as it did finally feel like we were making progress! a fantastic view of the loch - no words really. Following along the path, we stumbled onto the waterfall/stream. What a beautiful sight! A quick stop and a few photos later, we set off again.

It did appear to be that the further we went, the steeper it got, but nothing will ever top the feeling of turning the final bend and spotting the outline of the hut on the summit - what a high I got from that! Amazing!

So 2 and a half years later, I finally got my photo on the summit :D Words can't explain how happy and proud I am. I'll hold onto this one for a long time! I hope you enjoy the selected photos too :-D

Image20160827_080819 by Sean Gordon, on Flickr

Image20160827_081443 by Sean Gordon, on Flickr

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Sean0510
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Re: Ben Nevis - An Epic Journey

Postby Sgurr » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:47 pm

Good for you. Now what's next?
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Re: Ben Nevis - An Epic Journey

Postby celt54321 » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:50 pm

well done m8,you even got the views,you looked like you really enjoyed it,thats what its all about. :clap:
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Re: Ben Nevis - An Epic Journey

Postby Sean0510 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:45 am

Sgurr wrote:Good for you. Now what's next?


Thanks :) No idea what's next. Perhaps Lochnagar or Ben Lomond :)
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Re: Ben Nevis - An Epic Journey

Postby Sean0510 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:46 am

celt54321 wrote:well done m8,you even got the views,you looked like you really enjoyed it,thats what its all about. :clap:


Thanking you pal. Yes, I really did enjoy that one. I'll be holding onto it for some time. Apparently my partner wants to do it now, so looks like I'll be going back up at some point :shock: :lol:
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Re: Ben Nevis - An Epic Journey

Postby basscadet » Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:25 am

I'm so glad it lived up to your expectations :D The pony track leaves so little space for the solitude and peace you usually get up the hills. There are so many bonny hills out there, hope to see you up some others :clap:
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