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Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a Year

Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a Year


Postby Petr Dakota » Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:17 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path

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

Date walked: 01/01/2020

Distance: 16 km

Ascent: 1500m

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Are you planning to climb Ben Nevis for a first time and don't know what to expect each month ?

This video can help you if you are planning to climb the highest
scottish - british mountain.


I have climbed Ben Nevis 23 times up to now and hope to keep climbing the wonderful mountain every year...
During the time I experienced all seasons and weather conditions there.
The weather is very important factor, not just the season.
Planning, preparation, timing, estimating, watching the weather forecast and compare at least two sources, not just for the bottom, but also for the mountain summit as there is always different world which you will not see in the starting level. The temperature is colder, wind stronger, visibility may be worse even if the views on the bottom are clear ! Be ready for that please, don't underestimate the mountain and don't overestimate your abilities. You know your fitness level so plan your timing wisely and understand the season time - daylight as it's always better to start earlier than finish late in darkness when you are tired...along with other gear carry torch , head torch, map, GPS device ( not just your phone with GPS as you may need the phone anytime and the battery is running off quicker on the colder conditions ), outdoor charger would be also a good idea, drinks & food enough, survival bag, whistle, first aid kit, extra layers incl. waterproof, windproof, insulated and gloves as even in summer there is still snow on the top and you would be surprise. Add warm head cover, balaclava, goggles, crampons and ice axe in winter...
The weather is the factor as you can get better conditions and views in clear sunny winter day than in windy, foggy and wet summer day sometimes.

In this video you can see what to expect and how the great mountain looks in each month...


All the Best and stay safe in the mountains !


The Video - How it looks and what to expect each month in a Year:





The usual routes:



Ben Nevis Tourist Path from visitor centre.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts





Ben Nevis - Mountain Path.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts





Ben Nevis via CMD from The North Face car park.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts





Ben Nevis via CMD from BN Inn.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

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Petr Dakota
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Wainwrights:10   Islands:1
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Location: North Lanarkshire

Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby Sunset tripper » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:56 pm

Great compilation Petr. I like march especially. A great hill and so many ways to do it.
All the best. :D
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Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby LucieK » Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:01 pm

Great video! Thank you.
Lucie
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Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby R1ggered » Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:34 pm

Well done Petr. Your efforts to this forum is well appreciated. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:41 pm

Sunset tripper wrote:Great compilation Petr. I like march especially. A great hill and so many ways to do it.
All the best. :D

Thank you :) I agree with the March, also April, May and October is good, not too hot like in summer and also some snow and colours in a clear day :D
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Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:46 pm

LucieK wrote:Great video! Thank you.
Lucie

Thanks, hope it can help when seeing what to expect each month, but every year is different with the monthly conditions depends on the weather and amount of snow during winter :roll: :D
Hope you will get a clear day to do it via the CMD arete :wink:
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Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby Petr Dakota » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:48 pm

R1ggered wrote:Well done Petr. Your efforts to this forum is well appreciated. :clap: :clap:

Thank you, glad you like it :D
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Wainwrights:10   Islands:1
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Location: North Lanarkshire

Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby Grisu » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:57 pm

good effort and very interesting impressions! Thank you :thumbup:
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Re: Ben Nevis:how it looks & what to expect each month in a

Postby Petr Dakota » Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:09 pm

Grisu wrote:good effort and very interesting impressions! Thank you :thumbup:

Thank you, will miss Ben Nevis for now...but hope to climb the wonderful mountain this year...???
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Munros:246   Corbetts:28
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Sub 2000:3   Hewitts:17
Wainwrights:10   Islands:1
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Location: North Lanarkshire

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