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Bespoke day on Ben Nevis

7 Jul 2016
A bespoke day for a family wanting to hike up Ben Nevis. Emma was leading ...

photo 2 Today was a family adventure for four members of one family which started with arriving in Fort William on the overnight sleeper train after a journey which began in Dorset. After a quick discussion and kit sort out we decided that the best plan of action was to head to Glen Nevis to begin our ascent of Ben Nevis, the first Munro for all the family, and also their very first mountain climb. We made use of the pony track and a strong tail wind all the way to the top, the boys making light work of the track, stopping only briefly for some sustenance at the Halfway Lochan. The second half of the ascent was very misty and rather windy at times, but this didn't deter the younger members of the family who made a speedy climb up the rocky slopes.

We were all happy to arrive at the summit, although disappointed to not get any views, we know that Ben Nevis is well known for keeping its head in the clouds for 300 days a year and we were still at least almost dry! The shelter opposite the summit trig point provided welcome respite from the wind, it was a well earned lunch and an opportunity to learn a little more about Ben Nevis and imagine what life would have been like when the Observatory was operational, whilst enjoying being the highest people in the country. Ideally our plan was to continue onto the CMD arete, but with the weather closing in and heavy rain forecast, the wise decision to descend by the pony track was taken.

We were lucky on the descent that the cloud briefly lifted to above 1000m and we were rewarded with views down to Loch Linnhe, glimpses of some of the mountains to the south, and fine views up Glen Nevis. Ben Nevis really is a very long way up when the sea loch is visible below! The cloud break didn't last too long though as bursts of rain became increasingly heavier as we continued our descent. On the way down talk of future mountains to climb included Scafell Pike and Snowdon, and lots of scrambles for the boys who were very agile on the rock and showed no signs of tiring on their very first mountain adventure.

More photos by Emma are here on Flickr.

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