Beinn Bhuidhe

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Munros: Beinn Bhuidhe
Date walked: 06/06/2021
Distance: 22.5km
Ascent: 937m
Views: 2

Great Morning on the Arête

Route: Ben Nevis by the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête

Munros: Ben Nevis, Càrn Mòr Dearg

Date walked: 30/05/2021

Time taken: 8 hours

Distance: 21km

Ascent: 1466m

It was a beautiful clear morning when I left the North Face car park at 0645 to start my hike up to the summit of Ben Nevis, making my way first of all to Càrn Mòr Dearg.

First sight of Ben Nevis, looking great in the morning sun.

The first couple of hundred feet up Càrn Mòr Dearg was very boggy and the going was slow. This particular Munro is relentlessly steep from start to finish, but the views to Ben Nevis are outstanding.

Brilliant views of Ben Nevis.

Approaching the 800m mark and suddenly the clouds started rolling in and the breeze picked up slightly. I was beginning to wonder if those forecasts were going to be wrong yet again, I’ve found them to be way off a lot lately. Thankfully as i finally approached the summit of Càrn Mòr Dearg the wind died down again and the clouds were more scattered.

Lovely views back to Fort William.

Càrn Mòr Dearg summit appears.

Still cloudy on the big summit.

Càrn Mòr Dearg.

The views from the summit of Càrn Mòr Dearg are superb. The Mamores are laid out in front of you and there is a stunning view of Ben Nevis’ north face. And of course the famous arête is there to see.

The North Face.

It was a long old slog up to the first summit so I sat and enjoyed the views for a while before starting the arête. There were only a handful of people on the arête at this time, in stark contrast to the tourist route which I would find out later on.

Crossing the arête itself was a great experience. There is a path to the left hand side for much of it but I decided to cross right across the top, scrambling over some large boulders all the while enjoying the stunning views.

Crossing the arête.

A really enjoyable experience.

The Mamores. What a view!

Doesn’t get better than this!

Reaching the end of the arête I was kinda hoping it would have been a lot longer :lol: The final part of the ascent was upon me now, a straight climb up a steep boulder field.

The final stage of the ascent.

View over to Aonach Beag.

The climb up the boulders didn’t take as long as I thought, and before long I had reached the busy snow covered summit. Still a bit of cloud but the views were there.

Busy Ben Nevis summit.

Summit clearing now and the views opening up!

I didn’t stay long on the summit of Nevis, way too many people for my liking so following the WH route I headed down the tourist route which was very busy with tourist traffic. Once again the views were superb.

Enjoying the views on the descent.

Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe.

The temperatures were rising as i made my way back to the North Face car park to finish off what was a fantastic days walking. With the stunning views of the north face of Ben Nevis and the Mamores, and the brilliant arête crossing, this route proved to be an unforgettable day out and one I will definitely do again :D

Looking back at Ben Nevis as I made my way back to the car.

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Back to the Mamores

Attachment(s) Munros: Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Bàn (Mamores)
Date walked: 29/05/2021
Distance: 17km
Views: 118

Brilliant Day on the White Mounth Round

Attachment(s) Munros: Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Càrn a' Choire Bhòidheach, Càrn an t-Sagairt Mòr, Lochnagar
Date walked: 27/05/2021
Distance: 32km
Ascent: 1199m
Comments: 2
Views: 773

Ben Lomond

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Munros: Ben Lomond
Date walked: 26/05/2021
Distance: 12.9km
Ascent: 897m
Views: 31

Ben Vane

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Munros: Ben Vane
Date walked: 26/05/2021
Distance: 13.1km
Ascent: 857m
Views: 31

Ben Vorlich (Arrochar)

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Munros: Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)
Date walked: 24/05/2021
Distance: 16km
Ascent: 939m
Views: 36

Ben Chonzie

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Attachment(s) Munros: Ben Chonzie
Date walked: 23/05/2021
Distance: 12.8km
Ascent: 701m
Views: 32

The Tyndrum Four

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a' Chlèibh, Beinn Dubhchraig, Ben Lui, Ben Oss
Date walked: 16/05/2021
Distance: 30km
Ascent: 1700m
Views: 333

Arrochar Alps Day Out

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn Ìme, Beinn Narnain
Corbetts: The Cobbler
Date walked: 01/05/2021
Distance: 16.4km
Ascent: 1433m
Views: 214


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