Sporadically decided to wake up early and climb Ben Nevis in 4 hours. Got to the trail early morning before most people. Reached the summit in just over 2 hours. Spent some time at the top because of the clear weather and warm sun. There was still snow at the peak. Got down in under 2 hours but passed many groups of hikers going up.
The Pony Track does not hurt for company. It also provides stunning vistas and an enjoyable capstone to my West Highland Way experience. Temper your expectations as this is a simple walk up, not a climb. Nonetheless, the Pony Track provides for an invigorating hike and an excuse to have an extra pint at the Crofter in Fort William afterwards.
Be sure to pack the standard layers as you will likely go through them all. Mine was a proper Scottish summer day, with warm early morning temperatures followed by high winds, rain, clear skies, snow, heavy cloud cover, rain, high winds, and then a cool early afternoon. Bridge to summit to bridge hike time was just under 6 hours.
Went up the Pony Path this was my second Hike up Ben Nevis and the weather was clear the sun was over bearing for sure.
Not many climbers that day, but still had the community spirit that I love about Nevis.
Took my friend up this was his first climb.
I shall return to you my old friend
I was imagine this one is going to be easy, but we picked the wrong day regarding the weather. Real windy and a lot of rain, made it real cold and long day. On the other side, the beer taste nice when we return.
Great day out on Ben Nevis. Didn't get the full winter conditions that I was hoping for, but was such a fun climb nonetheless. Ridge was very slippery from all the rain, then got icy about 400m up, then finally a snowy/icy finish to cap it off. This makes tower gap a fun little adrenaline surge, for sure. Not much in the way of views, but climbing up in the fog/clouds made for a cool environment. 8 hrs car to car. So happy to get the chance to come do this classic UK route. Highly recommend it.
Arrvied at the start of the route thinking we would never be able to go up because of the bad weather. But at the carpark we could see many people had gone up already. Rain, rain and rain along the route. Still, despite of the weather, I have never seen so many people on a mountain before (about a 1000 on route I guess), it is ridiculous. Still, a great mountain and a great day out.
Ascent via CMD arete in fantastic Winter conditions with Tom P.
Did the normal route.
Up the Pony Track. Mountain covered with mist. Only a few glimpses of the sun all day. Well constructed trail. Interesting collection of summit structures when shrouded in mist.
Ascended via the pony track and descended via the Carn Mor Dearg arete which gives great views of the north face, camped at the Glen Nevis Campsite. Photos and route map-https://www.flickr.com/photos/64069866@N05/albums/72157667534814286/with/26587748951/
Winter...but the conditions were summer-like. Hot and sunny day, snow only near the top. Fantastic views, memorable day.
Flew to Inverness for a weekend to meet a friend, we drove to the (free) car park at Achintee farm and hiked up in a little under 3hrs. Still lots of snow near the top, even in June. Unspectacular summit covered in clouds, although there were some nice views on the walk up.
Took an extra day while running around Scotland to walk up this fun summit. Sea-level air is like cheating, even when you are not in shape.......a start of 6am saw me on the summit at 9am. Gotta love the October sun at this latitude - it was pretty chilly at the top. Clear skies and high pressure made for a wonderful if non-typical day.
I climbed across the nice ridge of Carn Mor Dearg descending for the normal
Extraordinary weather and everything well frozen. Great day out!
Made it to the top in just under 3 hours. Visibility good until on the summit plateau. Descending was very tough on my knees. Recovered in time to climb Snowdon three days later. Really enjoyed meeting other hikers, especially at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel.
Anchorage, AK USA
was amazing in the morning.
Low clouds / dense fog made us rethink our loop route up the arête, so we stuck for the trade/tourist route. I didn't mind - we made good time <3 hrs up - and met fantastic people along the way. Amazing views of surrounding water and mountains - this is one of the most beautiful places on earth! I feel fortunate to have set foot on this summit.
Normal route, with more than 350 people on the way. Fog above 900m in the morning, higher in the afternoon. I didn't expect so many people up there!
Scrambled up with a church summer camp group, then down the switchbacks. Reckon I'd appreciate it a lot more these days!