Hi Joseph! 10 years ago going to Rysy (Poland) on the north route I counted 4000 people!
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.
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.
Great hike down low until clouds came in up at the top. Pictures at http://www.willhiteweb.com/europe_travel/ben_nevis/hiking_trail_171.htm
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
Climbed via the Carn Mor Dearg Arete to find light snow on the summit. A fun day.
Good day for a hike, brilliant weather all the way up. Would like to come back and have a go in winter...
One day. Tourist track. Lots of fun!
Was there in summertime and also in the winter. Two different worlds. In wintertime we climbed central and comb gully with a guide. Summertime was only the red burn but we camped on the summit... Yes we dragged all that stuff up there.
First time a real long day, climbed from the Glen Nevis YHA, skirted around the bottom of the cliffs to the CIC hut, crossed the streams and contoured around the side of Carn Mor Dearg. Gained the crest of the ridge someway to the north in detereorating weather conditions and headed south to the summit of Carn Mor Dearg. Crossed the CMD Arete in high wind and increasingly heavy snow. Then onto the Ben in deep snow, where we got the summit to ourselves. Descended via the tourist track.
Second time the day started well as we ascended The Ben via No. 5 Gully (easy but fun grade I winter). Had real trouble breaking through the cornice at the top, as as we were doing so the weather changed for the worse. Finally managed to break through very cold, and made a quick escape down towards the tourist path.
It was my first "real summit", we were really happy to reach the top. Long walk in the fog it was. And the most crowded hike I have ever seen.