Ben Nevis Trip Report (#494)
- Signed By: Dave Cable
- Date submitted: March 21, 2004
- Number of People Encountered:
Well, what can be said of the great one?! This is an utterly amazing walk and I believe, the best of the 3 highest UK peaks, (we've done all three!)
Anyone even with the minutest interest in attempting this fella must go for it - it's really worth it!
The first thing to remember is that when you've arrived at the top you're at the half way point!! It's about five miles from base camp to summit but you have to walk back down again - and that's tough on the shins! There's no mountain railway (like Snowdon), Cable Car or Helicopter service to return you to base.
The going is good throughout but be well prepared. Walkers should be kitted out appropriately as the drop in temperature is quite remarkable - in fact this is where a lot of people have come unstuck in the past.
The walk itself begins with a steady climb which eventually bends round to the left via a couple of tiny footbridges. A steep climb then takes you up to a lake which, if the old blightey rain takes a vacation makes for an excellent picnic point.
Then you are on to the main stretch - the path zig-zags its way to the summit. This is quite hard going but keep looking behind you every so often to check the absolutely stunning view (on a good day of course). Any photographs of this cannot do it justice - trust me I have some!!
I have vertigo but found this one OK, although I will admit to being a little apprehensive initially.
Certainly more pleasurable than Scafell!! - You will never forget the experience. The feeling upon reaching the summit that you have just ascended the highest peak in the UK is quite something!
PS Cycling not permitted!!
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