walkhighlands

#100 and the CMD arete

Route: Ben Nevis by the Carn Mor Dearg Arete

Munros: Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg

Date walked: 21/10/2016

Time taken: 9.25 hours

Distance: 15.5km

Ascent: 1539m


our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts



I'd been hoping to do something spectacular for my 100th hill and, luckily, it seemed there would be reasonable enough weather over the CMD arete to attempt it. Dropped off at the North Face car park we set off at 0719 and headed up the track. The signposting here is a bit confusing - follow the signs for the CIC hut, not the "North Face Trail", no idea where that goes but it isn't up the hill.

After crossing a large stile it's a short distance up the well made path till a boggy line can be see baring off to the left and up the slopes of Carn Mor Dearg.

Image
Looking back: boggy line just about visible

There's no real path here and the route is sufficiently well used that the vegetation has been tramped flat to a width of about 15 feet in places. It doesn't last long though; as the slope steepens, the grass gives way to rock and a path of sorts is reestablished. From here it a prolonged but simple slog up to the crest of the ridge with views of the north face improving as you climb.

Image

Image
Aonach Mor

Image

Image

Image
#100

Image

The Arete itself is not particularly exposed, nor is there any real scrambling involved. If you stick to the very crest for the length of it, you will come to narrow sections that you wouldn't want to fall off but these can all be bypassed.

Although there's no scrambling, it is slow going: the crest is jagged and comprised of large boulders which have to be picked over and around to make progress - you won't be strolling along with your hands in your pockets:

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image
I could never figure out the scale of the rocks when looking at photos of the arete. If you look closely,you can make out a man in red in front of us in this picture

Image

Image

Image

By the time you reach the pillar where the arete joins the broad southern slopes of the Ben (oddly not marked on any map I've seen) you've already done half the ascent from the lowest point of the arete - there's about 500' left up a steep slope over large boulders. Then, suddenly, you're on the summit plateau.

Image

Image

Image
Look at her feet...

Then it's just a question of following the touri... the Mountain path back down to the Achintee Inn.

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image
Well earned

Click to mark this as a great report. Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Comments: 3



Ben Lawers 7 from the North

Attachment(s) Munros: An Stuc, Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers, Meall a'Choire Leith, Meall Corranaich, Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers), Meall Greigh
Date walked: 01/10/2016
Distance: 27km
Ascent: 2100m
Comments: 3
Views: 2104


Sunrise on Mount Keen

Munros: Mount Keen
Date walked: 13/08/2016
Views: 997


The wee Buachaille for valentine's day

Munros: Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag), Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)
Date walked: 14/02/2016
Views: 1107


The Redeemer - Drumochter reminder that it's all worth while

Attachment(s) Munros: A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Geal-charn (Drumochter), Sgairneach Mhor
Date walked: 22/11/2015
Distance: 23km
Ascent: 1100m
Comments: 1
Views: 1179


Morning Mist to Blazing Sunshine on Ben Cruachan 4

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn a'Chochuill, Beinn Eunaich, Ben Cruachan, Stob Daimh
Date walked: 17/10/2015
Distance: 26km
Ascent: 2000m
Comments: 4
Views: 3011


Loch an Daimh curcuit

Attachment(s) Munros: Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon), Stuchd an Lochain
Corbetts: Sron a'Choire Chnapanich
Date walked: 29/08/2015
Distance: 21km
Views: 1135


Ring of Steall and Friends

Attachment(s) Munros: Am Bodach, An Gearanach, Mullach nan Coirean, Sgurr a'Mhaim, Stob Ban (Mamores), Stob Coire a'Chairn
Date walked: 23/08/2014
Distance: 22.4km
Ascent: 2201m
Comments: 8
Views: 4038


Afternoon quickie on the summer solstice

Munros: Beinn Chabhair
Date walked: 21/06/2014
Comments: 1
Views: 1379


Unfinished Business in Glen Falloch

Attachment(s) Munros: An Caisteal, Beinn a'Chroin, Beinn Tulaichean, Cruach Ardrain
Date walked: 26/05/2014
Distance: 19km
Ascent: 1599m
Comments: 1
Views: 2321

garyoppolis


User avatar
Pub: the Laurieston

Munros: 129
Corbetts: 7
Grahams: 4
Donalds: 3
Wainwrights: 1
Hewitts: 4
Sub 2000: 8



Filter reports


Statistics

2016

Trips: 4
Distance: 42.5 km
Ascent: 3639m
Munros: 12

2015

Trips: 3
Distance: 70 km
Ascent: 3100m
Munros: 10
Corbetts: 1

2014

Trips: 3
Distance: 41.4 km
Ascent: 3800m
Munros: 11


Joined: Nov 30, 2012
Last visited: Oct 27, 2019
Total posts: 227 | Search posts