Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis Trip Report (#20477)

  • Signed By: Marc Krajewski
  • Date submitted: November 07, 2006
  • Date(s) climbed: 22/08/2000
  • Number of People Encountered:50+ people
  • Recommend to a Friend: Neutral

My first ascent of Ben Nevis was on a warm sunny day in late August 2000. We set off from Glen Nevis Campsite at about 0800hrs and proceeded up the Ben Nevis (tourist route) to Lochan Meall an t suidhe and broke off arround to the West of Ben Nevis towards Carn Mor Dearg (Gaelic for Red Mountain) descending into a grassy v shaped valley before ascending up to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg. The route arround Carn Mor Dearg and the Carn Mor Dearg arrette offers some amazing views of the grey corries to the south west and the North Face of Ben Nevis which is always a play ground for climbers. Ben Nevis is also a playground for wilderness photographers in the right conditions I was fortunate enough that I got a cracking landscape of Loch Linnhe as the sun was setting and the views are amazing. I descended Ben Nevis in dusk having waited on the summit for the sun to set over loch linnhe, something well worth doing in the right weather. I would only advise doing this if you are confident navigating in darkness and have a headtorch, spare batteries and bulb with you. The view is not worth getting lost for. I descended Ben Nevis by the tourist route back down into Glen Nevis. As I reached the campsite at the foot of Ben Nevis a group was about to ascend in darkness to begin the 3 peaks challenge.

In October 2000 I once again ascended Ben Nevis this time up the tourist route in practically zero visibility. The temperature on the summit on this particualar day was -12* and there was still people walking up in trainers and jeans.

I would advise any one attempting to climb Ben Nevis to train first, I was four stone heavier in 2000 and that hindered me. It annoys me when you see families with young children walking up in shorts and flip flops with their packed lunch in a carrier bag completely aware of the dangers. Ben Nevis is a very unforgiving mountain and claims between six and ten lives every year, the vast majority of those could be prevented by being prepared. The most enjoyable route is definately via the CMD arrette however this is more challenging physically and navigationaly.

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