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markradfordRoute Climbed: Tourist Route (winter) Date Climbed: 24th Feb 2003  Sucess!

markradford

We were lucky to catch the tail end of the continetal high creating alpine weather over the Nevis Range for the last two weeks. Glorius sunshine, low wind from valley to summit.



Snow line about 900m, bit higher than my last winter visit 3 years ago, but great hard packed snow. This time was with my wife, sister in law and dad, this was their first winter munro - and what a way to start !



Why is it that you always go tooled up like a himalayan climber - and you meet some one on the summit in tweeds, courdroy trousers and a stout pair of boots ! Why do they do it !!







Posted Feb 26, 2003 10:16 am

Andy KennedyRoute Climbed: Tourist Trudge! (Winter) Date Climbed: 3 January 2003  Sucess!

Andy Kennedy

Plod Plod Plod...long tedoius and cold. For most of the way we believed we might get a view from the summit as it was clear of cloud, however, true to form 300m from the summit the cloud clogged up and we reached the summit in white out conditions! Did tak a sneaky peak down tower gully and gardyloo gully though, they look like a bit of a laugh, perhaps a little later in the season.



On the way down the cloud cleared from the summit (predicatably) and we reached the car some 10hrs after leaving it. Despite the monotony of the walk, zig zagging up and down, the views to the south were spectacular and its one youve just gotta chalk off whatever route you do.
Posted Jan 30, 2003 9:24 am

TodoVerticalRoute Climbed: Normal Route in Winter Date Climbed: Dec. 2001  Sucess!

TodoVertical

In our aim was NE Face, but it was not cold enough. I changed my mind and went alone in a wet-foggy day to reach the summit openning up the track to knee deep snow. It was -4ÂșC at the top.
Posted Dec 4, 2002 2:17 pm

Chamonix ManRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!

Chamonix Man

Climbed with my brother after a week in the Cairn Gorms. It was a great climb, lots of people though.
Posted Nov 20, 2002 6:50 am

stephenzRoute Climbed: Pony Trail. Date Climbed: march 2002  Sucess!

stephenz

It took us two attempt to reach the summit due to some nasty late season storms. on the first day we got lost on the summiit durring a white out only finding our way down by the good luck of meeting someone who had just been to the summit ( we were only 100ft away). The second day we tried again. the weather was clear and the views from the summit were awsome.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 10:44 am

RockhopperRoute Climbed: Tourist route Date Climbed: June 29, 2002  Sucess!

Rockhopper

I started a little late (7.45 am) at the visitor center. First part of the route was very quiet since most hikers start at the youth hostel. Low visibility above 350 m altitude. It was raining all the time, but that seems not uncommon in Scotland. Had to cross small field of snow on the summit plateau. Because of the wind it was cold at the summit. A lot of people on the route (so that's why they call it the tourist route I guess....). Easy hike. My first peak in Britain.
Posted Jul 2, 2002 12:09 pm

mountainmanjohnRoute Climbed: Carn Mor Dearg Arete Date Climbed: First climbed Sept 96, three times since  Sucess!

mountainmanjohn

This route is a fine long and airy route.

Winter conditions can be extreem! Route finding from the ridge to the summit (and back) is also a test in bad visibility.

Have also come up via Carn Mor Dearg East ridge from steall........a long way.

Looking forward to trying a scramble route up the Ben. ledge route, tower ridge etc. Any recomendations?
Posted Jun 10, 2002 5:43 am

7summitsRoute Climbed: Gloovers Chimney (ice climb) Date Climbed: feb 2002  Sucess!

7summits

When we approached the Ben the weather was not too good and actually it started snowing on the way to the cliffs. But gradually it got better and more blue patches appeared on the horizon. Andy decided on a classic Grade IV route called Gloovers Chimney, a nice ice gully with a mixed finish at the end. It was quite busy on the Ben, but we had this route for ourselves.



See the forum on the 7summits pages for a trip report with some pix and other climbes we did this wet week...
Posted Jun 7, 2002 9:06 am

Stuart BuchananRoute Climbed: Tower Ridge Date Climbed: 15 Feb 2001  Sucess!

Stuart Buchanan

Climbed Tower Ridge in Summer (a very enjoyable scramble) and Winter within 6 months of each other!



Had a fantastic day in Febuary with no wind and blue skies. Got to the Douglas gap to find a party of three messing around so descended to the side and climbed the gully to the right to get to the crest. A lot of soft snow meant that some of the interesting sections were buried. The traverse and tower gap were not as bad as I expected. All in all a fantastic day.
Posted May 24, 2002 5:36 am

John J HarveyRoute Climbed: Tourist Route Date Climbed: 08/1997  Sucess!
Pleny of low cloud on the summit made it tricky coming off. Snow still in the northern gullies and the sad sight of rubbish strewn everywhere.
Posted Apr 11, 2002 4:49 am

maulwurfRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: September 2001  Sucess!
I guess every other way to the top is more fun. Many tourists, "civilized" trails. And as the weather was bad, too, we couldn't even enjoy the view from the top. Anyway, we made it - and had a good beer sitting on the edge of the north face :-)
Posted Feb 20, 2002 9:07 am

jonasRoute Climbed: normal route Date Climbed: 1998  Sucess!
I was sailing the Caladonian canal and it was there, weather was beautifull but summit was quite cold
Posted Feb 13, 2002 4:55 am

PommesRoute Climbed: Normal Route Date Climbed: Aug 1996  Sucess!

Pommes

Cold, Rain, fog, a lot of slow walking people, no view.
Posted Jan 24, 2002 12:18 am

Richard PurchonRoute Climbed: standard tourist route Date Climbed: 22/12/2001  Sucess!

Richard Purchon

snow on the top 800ft the weather was wonderful. our desent was in darkness with head torches, it was icy and we fell many times. then we all went to the pub and selebrated the clubs firstever Winter ascent of Ben Nevis.
Posted Jan 16, 2002 9:06 pm

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