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Ledge Route & CMD arete

4 Jul 2016
A day scrambling up Ledge Route to the summit of Ben Nevis, then hiking over the CMD arete. Martin was leading ...

photo 2 Not the best of weather when I met Carol and Donald at the North Face CarPark and the line "life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to dance in the rain" did cross my mind.

It wasn't raining hard just a constant drizzle as we walked up to the CIC hut and then onwards towards the CIC hut. We beginning to get brief glimpses of the Bens North Face cliffs as we made our way to the start of Ledge Route.

Even in the wet Ledge Route is a safe option the rock holds are very secure and we made good progress upwards. From the top of Ledge Route we made our way around the summit rim looking down the famous gullys and cliffs. 5 Gully, Number4 gully, Comb Buttress and Gardyloo. We joined the other "pilgrims" only near the summit and quickly decided to keep moving as we intended to descend via the CMD arĂȘte.

The initial descent down the boulder field is always awkward and probably better and easier in winter. However, Carol and Donald made it were looking forward to the arĂȘte itself. I usually find the first more awkward but the team made light work of it. The weather by the time we made it to the second half was much better and we even managed to take our waterproofs off!

The descent back to the top car park was a pleasant walk in the afternoon sunshine .

More photos by Martin are here on Flickr.

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