LesterLong wrote:1) What is the best/closest place to stay in Fort Williams? Money is not a major concern.
LesterLong wrote:2) Assuming that this climb will be difficult for me (and my girl), and thus minimizing walking/climbing, what is the best starting point? The Distillery? Tolmundy? Glen Nevis? I had also read that one can start on the Tourist Track, and then split off at Lochan Meall. What is best/easiest?
LesterLong wrote:3) My girlfriend is (reasonably) a bit nervous about the arete (the airiness, not the climb itself; she's in great shape). Any thoughts?
LesterLong wrote:I'm not a strong climber, but have climbed Mt. Washington (winter), Mt. Mitchell (spring), Mt. Elbert (spring), and (almost) summitted Mt. Baker (winter).
LesterLong wrote:We spent 9 days in Scotland and had a fantastic time.
LesterLong wrote:On Day 2, we climbed CMD, from the CIC hut, which proved to be far more arduous than expected. We started down the arete, but were frankly too spent (and lacked the head for heights) to do it.
LesterLong wrote:On Day 8, we climbed Ben Nevis via the "Tourist Path", which was exceedingly easy.
I had expected better from someone who's done Baker and Washington in winter... Apologies for not warning you about the airyness of the CMD arete though, because I always figured that this was common knowledge... Did you stay in Achintee? If so, how were Scott and Heather doing? Is Bessie still around? Haven't been there for over two years now
Too easy if you ask me. As a matter of fact, they stopped referring to it as "tourist path" as too many tourists with no mountain navigation skills got surprised by inclement weather and ended up dropping off the plateau due to navigational errors... Most FW locals and regulars actually refer to it as "pony track" as ponies were used to supply the observatory located at the summit around the turn of the 20th century.
Alan Arnette wrote:I climbed Ben via Tower Ridge earlier this year. My trip report may help.
Wonderful people, area, climb - visit Oban if you get a chance.
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