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The highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis certainly attracts the crowds, with hordes of trippers toiling up the long and punishing stony ascent to the summit in the summer months. The North Face, on the other hand, presents a very different prospect, its towering precipices and narrow gullies making up one of the most celebrated rock and ice climbing arenas in the country.
Region: Fort William
Altitude: 1345 metres
Detailed route description and map
Other routes and challenges
There is a challenging scrambling route up the North Face - the Ledge Route - for summer scramblers - detailed in some walk reports by users below. Tower Ridge - also included in walk reports - is a classic rock-climb, graded Difficult in summer.
The epic challenge is to combine the Ben and CMD with their neighbours, the Aonachs, to the east. The Lochaber Traverse adds in the Grey Corries as well - although the ground leading from the Sgurr Choinnich Beag bealach up to Stob Coire Bhealaich is very tricky.