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Ben Nevis on a winterly day in autumn

Ben Nevis on a winterly day in autumn


Postby Grisu » Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:26 pm

Route description: Ben Nevis by the Mountain Path

Munros included on this walk: Ben Nevis

Date walked: 25/10/2015

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 17 km

Ascent: 1352m

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What a difference compared to my summer experience (https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=94297)! We were only a small group this time and it was an unpleasant day with a lot of rain.
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group in full gear

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somehow pathetic

During the last part up the ZigZag it became very stormy and at the summit it was icy cold, only very few walkers, far away from being busy.
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no views from the summit this time

I was wearing my new paramo fleece for the first time, it was very much recommended, but I was soaked from within when we have reached the summit, very nasty. I actually changed clothes in the shelter of the observatory, otherwise I would have become an icecube, I think :roll: I never wore it again and one day I dropped it into a charity bin.
Meanwhile the storm has gathered speed and when we started the descend we were struggling a lot against the sudden gusts to keep steady more or less. At some places we hardly knew how to do the next step without getting gone with the wind.
Howsoever we all got back in one piece and nobody got lost. :wink:
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further down the stormy wind has ceased

Eventually it stopped raining and the sky cleared up a bit so that we could enjoy some autumnal views on our way back. :D
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no views to the Cullins of the Isles this time

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clear view now down the valley, nice colours

It was another interesting experience and well worth to remember the uncontrollable forces of nature :!: :shock:
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Re: Ben Nevis on a winterly day in autumn

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:57 am

"I was wearing my new paramo fleece for the first time, it was very much recommended, but I was soaked from within when we have reached the summit, very nasty. I actually changed clothes in the shelter of the observatory, otherwise I would have become an icecube, I think :roll:"

This is very interesting. I am a huge Paramo fan. But, my son had exactly the same experience on Tryfan - see https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=58567.

The coat was my wife's, and she had used it for years, always saying it wasn't very good, but refusing to buy a new one because it had been so expensive!

After my son's experience I insisted she buy a new one!

tim
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Re: Ben Nevis on a winterly day in autumn

Postby Grisu » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:25 pm

HalfManHalfTitanium wrote:"I was wearing my new paramo fleece for the first time, it was very much recommended, but I was soaked from within when we have reached the summit, very nasty. I actually changed clothes in the shelter of the observatory, otherwise I would have become an icecube, I think :roll:"

This is very interesting. I am a huge Paramo fan. But, my son had exactly the same experience on Tryfan - see https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=58567.

The coat was my wife's, and she had used it for years, always saying it wasn't very good, but refusing to buy a new one because it had been so expensive!

After my son's experience I insisted she buy a new one!

tim


Hi Tim,
I've read the report - your children were very brave, and cute pics :D !
ref paramo: I have the Alta II Jacket and the waterproof trousers. They both serve the purpose in cold and rainy conditions but I am not sure whether I will buy this jacket again. The material is very cold. It keeps the body warm, but only as long as I keep going. Thererfore the paramo gilet saved me many times from getting too cold during breaks with groups. And this is the only paramo peace I wouldn't like to miss.
For the other layers I use a mixture of different shirts and I really like merino shirts, even when I am sweating. I never got cold because the material keeps warm even when it is wet. The only problem with the very thin shirts is that they get little holes sometimes when the end of the stitches are too short so they get loose ...
Cheers
Anke
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