We done it!!

Route: Ben Nevis by the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête

Munros: Ben Nevis, Càrn Mòr Dearg

Date walked: 18/05/2024

Time taken: 12 hours

Distance: 20km

Ascent: 1506m

7 of us took on the mighty Ben Nevis yesterday via CMD. Myself, Paul, Lindsay, Kayleigh, Jesse, Malky & Stuart.

2 months in the planning, and we all know you can never guarantee Scottish weather and it’s going to be a gamble…. Well it completely paid off 😍

We stayed in Fort William on Friday night to allow for an early start. Parked in the North Face Car Park and off we set at 630am
Morning cloud over Fort William

First sight of Nevis

Good walking path initially which is signposted then onto a boggy path which peters out for the long steep ascent to CMD.
Plenty of water stops and breaks given the heat and to really enjoy the day and take it in!

When the only way is up!

Kayleigh delighted to have found some snow!

The views over the north face of Ben Nevis were incredible!
Ben Nevis

Nevis… again

The Gals ✌🏻

The guys ✌🏻

From CMD you get a great view along the arete and up to Nevis
CMD Summit

CMD Arete

The thought of crossing the Arete has played on my mind since I agreed to the walk. It was a matter of taking our time, to allow us to really enjoy the crossing and think where feet/hands were going. There is bypass paths avoiding some of the exposed sections, some of which we used, others we didn’t. Really enjoyed the arete and delighted we all made it over safely.
Off onto the arete we go

Looking back to CMD

Single file only

Then came the worst section of the day… the boulder field. Boulders, more boulders and more boulders. You’ve worked your socks off getting to this stage and honestly this was the last sight I wanted to see. Didnt appreciate how steep this was until we had came off the arete and we were standing at the bottom. We picked our way up and through the boulders to suddenly arrive on the summit of Ben Nevis
Never ending boulders

Absolutely delighted to have arrived on the top after looking at the north face all morning. First thing to be done was to Video Call dad! We spent a leisurely hour at the summit of Ben Nevis, soaking it all in and relaxing in the sun
Paul & I emerging from the boulders onto Nevis

Ben Nevis summit

Group photo on Ben Nevis

Followed the “tourist path” to descend to the Lochan. Must say the change of ground wasn’t appreciated by the group. Loose stony path, was glad to reach the Lochan where the path changed and then became a pathless descent through the grass, across the river where some had a wee dip and back onto the path which led us down and back to the car.

A couple of years ago I’d never have entertained the idea of taking the tourist track up Nevis never mind CMD I am delighted with myself and all 7 of us. We worked so well together, encouraged each other and had a brilliant day out.

In the words of Stuart “it was not bad”

Medal Presentation Ceremony this morning!

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Comments: 6

Arrochar Alps completed

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Bhuidhe
Date walked: 04/05/2024
Distance: 22km
Ascent: 955m
Views: 137

Finishing off the Drumochter hills

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Udlamain, Sgàirneach Mhòr
Date walked: 30/04/2024
Distance: 17.06km
Ascent: 783m
Comments: 2
Views: 572

Brothers Ridge

Attachment(s) Munros: Aonach Meadhoin, Sàileag, Sgùrr a' Bhealaich Dheirg
Date walked: 28/04/2024
Distance: 12.6km
Ascent: 1274m
Views: 220

Back onto higher ground

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Àrdrain
Date walked: 20/04/2024
Distance: 18.35km
Ascent: 1258m
Comments: 8
Views: 323

Storm Kathleen is on her way

Attachment(s) Fionas: Beinn Dubh
Date walked: 06/04/2024
Distance: 11.5km
Ascent: 725m
Views: 298

Hopping about the Galloway Forrest

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Corserine
Donalds: Carlin's Cairn, Corserine, Meikle Millyea, Milldown
Date walked: 31/03/2024
Distance: 21.5km
Ascent: 1100m
Views: 215

A Good Friday indeed

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Benvane
Date walked: 29/03/2024
Distance: 9.6km
Ascent: 617m
Views: 268

Ettrick Hills circuit

Attachment(s) Fionas: Capel Fell, Ettrick Pen
Donalds: Bodesbeck Law, Capel Fell, Ettrick Pen, Wind Fell
Date walked: 02/03/2024
Distance: 16.5km
Ascent: 863m
Views: 361

Broad Law & some neighbours

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Broad Law
Donalds: Broad Law, Cramalt Craig, Dollar Law, Talla Cleuch Head
Date walked: 11/02/2024
Distance: 25.3km
Ascent: 940m
Views: 420


Activity: Walker

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Tops: 12
Corbetts: 9
Fionas: 8
Donalds: 18+10
Sub 2000: 5

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