Nice hike with great views in sunny scenery. Wide snowfields on summit pleateu. The most popular path to the summit requires quite a lot of patience from hiker I must say...
in not so nice weather
Summited via NE Buttress
Gorgeous route up the north face, ok conditions (though lots of snow) but we were alone on the ridge for almost the entire day. Summit just before 3pm and descent via the zigzag because of avalanching risks.
Up and down in about six hours. We had gorgeous weather all the way up, though the summit was fairly well shrouded in fog. Spectacular views all the way up. Had a scotch egg and tea while watching a team come over the top of Tower Ridge. maybe someday I'll have the skills for that ascent. The funniest part of the trip was seeing a group of tourist smoking at the summit. (Fortunately they stayed downwind.) The youth hostel is a great place to stay and the Ben Nevis Inn makes a fine boar burger.
Zero visibility with icy route, but great climb...
Did this with the last 400 m of ascent shrouded in clouds. Was some sleet at the top even in early august. The views were good while I had them, but the trail is FULL of tourists. I counted people going up on my way down and I passed over 260 people! The sign at the base said 160,000+ people use the mountain every year, and I believe it. Busier even than Arthur's seat in Edinburgh.
Hi Joseph! 10 years ago going to Rysy (Poland) on the north route I counted 4000 people!
Let me gig-wise bring down the count again. 3 weeks ago on Grauspitz (Liechtenstein), 4-6 people to the summit for the whole day. So think about this summit if you are keen on solidarity.
as two days before was really bad weather on today´s way up it was pretty busy with lots of people going up and down. It looked like everyone wants to be on the top. At the start of the walk we´got some showers, then all way up and down nice weather with great views and on the top snowing with ice. What could you wish more :-)
...but great views going all the way up. CMD arete route next time! Scotland was fantastic....wonderful people everywhere I went! Thanks to the locals who shared their whisky on the summit!
Started from Inverlochy and ascended on the normal route. I did the ascent from the trailhead in 2 hours and the descent in 1:45 hours. I overtook everybody and was the first on the peak on this day. It was almost constantly raining - no visibility. Back for breakfast in Inverlochy at 8:45 a.m.
It was rubbish weather all day, didn't see a thing. full of tourists as well, probably because we went up the tourist route, a big mistake. i would like to do the CMD arete though
Walked up via normal route (in Sandals) while on the way cycling through the highlands from Glasgow to Edinburgh between two business dates.
Summit itself was in clouds, but nice weather throughout the trip.
Climbed after completing the West Highland Way. An incredible week... An inch of snow at sea level made for an fun and interesting climb. Views on the way up/down, total whiteout on top- very cold. glad to have a compass, crampons, etc...
We climbed to the summit on Indicator right hand (V,5) and than descended to do Smith's route (V,5). Although it was to warm (the ice was melting very fast!) we had a great day of climbing. Climbed with Dave Sykes during the BMC International Meet 2009.
Lovely full winter conditions on Ledge Route.........
First Munro and shit it was tough.
Good walk with good people