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Ben Nevis in under 4 hours

Ben Nevis in under 4 hours


Postby By_marika » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:37 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis

Date walked: 26/06/2018

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 17 km

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Reading the description of this hike (the part about it being deadly dangerous) almost turned us away and we originally planned a different hike for this day. But we changed our mind by getting lost and accidentally parking in the Ben Nevis trailhead parking lot. We started a little before 1pm being a wee bit unprepared :) we were well overdressed because we didn’t know how the weather can change on this supposedly 7-9 h hike. We got some water and two granola bars and started our way up :D Way up took us 2 hours 13 minutes. And on the way up we meet a Wide demographic: from young children to senior citizens marking their way up. We read that way up on average takes 3:30 h. We are fit people but not a professional hikes by any means. The way up was a straight forward steady ascent under the sun. Some areas are less steep and some are very steep with a very clear path. The path itself consists of a dirt trail with rocks being from small to large. After we passed the waterfall in 1 hour and 7 minutes the path started zigzagging and become steeper and rockier. Here you need to pay attention to where you step because of the different size of the rocks and the gravel that moves under your feet. For the next hour or so you have a constant ascent that gets steeper towards the summit. At no point we felt that we are in danger, if you are careful you shouldn’t have any problems! Close to the top there was a little snow area for about 50 meters. But it wasn’t cold at all and at that point we were happy to get some breeze being quiet sweaty and hot. We had a very few stops on the way up to take photos. At the top the views are nice! It gives you a good panoramic views around the mountain. We took a short break at the summit for more pictures and snack then headed back down. Way down took us 1 hour 40 minutes. We were walking down with a good pace. Overall we were satisfied that we completed this hike. In fact it wasn’t the most picturesque nor the most difficult we’ve done. We would recommend this on a nice clear day and we think all levels can make it just at their own pace.
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Re: Ben Nevis in under 4 hours

Postby rockhopper » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:12 pm

By_marika wrote:We are fit people but not a professional hikers by any means.

:shock: :shock: Jings, wish I was as fit as that ! :wink: At 3hr 57mins you would have been only 10mins behind the last runner in the 2017 Ben Nevis annual hill race - cheers :)
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Re: Ben Nevis in under 4 hours

Postby Petr Dakota » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:59 pm

rockhopper wrote:
By_marika wrote:We are fit people but not a professional hikers by any means.

:shock: :shock: Jings, wish I was as fit as that ! :wink: At 3hr 57mins you would have been only 10mins behind the last runner in the 2017 Ben Nevis annual hill race - cheers :)

The runners are doing it up & down in @ 1.5 h :crazy: :shock: :crazy:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Nevis_Race

Did Ben Nevis 21x meantime and the time under 4 hours in total ( up and down ) without running is comfortably doable with stops for photos & videos & some time to enjoy the summit in good conditions. Waterfall - the half way usually @ 1h - 1h 15 min., second half is a little bit longer ( terrain, wind, ascent...), but on the summit usually between 2h 10 mins - 2h 30 mins in total
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=78485
or
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=49376

It's something else in Winter in snow, ice, low temperature, cold wind :roll: :lol:
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=49934
or
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=78406
or in whiteout
https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=49507

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=52041

As you said everyone can do it in our own pace, best just enjoy it no racing. And the pace is always different if you climb solo or with someone, in different conditions etc.
Hope you will get back to Ben Nevis again if you have some spare time as you experienced now there no need so much time for it :wink:
All The Best
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Re: Ben Nevis in under 4 hours

Postby Sgurr » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:00 pm

I still think it is best to advertise this as a 7-9 hour hike, as it is for some folk. I did it up and back aged 57 in just over 5 hours, but I was used to walking. You are obviously very fit, and probably younger. As you say, all ages try it, and better to err on the safe side.At this time of year, even if you had taken the advertised maximum, there would still have been enough daylight to get up and back again, but I wouldn't advise the average walker to set off so late in e.g. spring or autumn.


Anyway, well done. Quite a performance.
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Re: Ben Nevis in under 4 hours

Postby rockhopper » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:38 pm

Petr Dakota wrote: The runners are doing it up & down in @ 1.5 h :crazy: :shock: :crazy:
Yes, 2017 the fastest was 1hr 31mins.
http://www.bennevisrace.co.uk/pdf/Ben_Nevis_Race_2017_Results.pdf
That's why I quoted the slowest at 3hrs 47mins. Oh to be that fit eh ? :roll: - cheers :)
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Re: Ben Nevis in under 4 hours

Postby Sunset tripper » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:22 pm

Under 4 hours is a fast time. I take around 5 hours up and down the path.

Finlay Wild, a local man from Fort William has won the Ben Nevis race for the last 8 years in a row with a time of around 1.5 hours up and down.

He also completed the entire Cuillin ridge in under 3 hours. :shock:
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