Did this with my wife on our 3rd anniversary while traveling in the UK. Had a great morning with the top completely enveloped in mist.
I climbed the CMD arete on a sunny (!) day with Monty after we'd finished walking the West Highland Way. There was a piper on top. We could see all the way back to Glasgow. Almost. A great way to end a great walk.
Best hill in the world?
Even the standard Rt. can be challenging in the right conditions. Hiked up with my fiance (she married me anyway) in typical weather-foggy, "are you sure this is the way?", rainy, snowy, and windy. View from the summit? Could barely see my feet. Wonder what winter conditions are like...
Started by the direct route on the douglas boulder, this must be the biggest boulder in the world at 200m high. We continued to the top via tower ridge which is a fantastic easy climb/hard scramble, short sections of UIAA III. It was hot without a breath of wind, even on the summit.
Climbed with girlfriend while on touring holiday around Scotland. Weather was clear until we got on to the ridge. Had great lunch at CCC hut with great views of north face. Great day out but need to watch time as we only just got down before it sun down. Planning second climb on this route in 2003.
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
Usual route from Glen Nevis to lochan, up onto Carn Mor Dearg, along the arete, up the Ben, down the tourist route. Excellent weather, fantastic visibility, still a good bit of snow on the top. One of my earlier Munros, aged 13.
My first ever Munro (Scottish 3000er), was lucky to have great weather for it - in fact, this was the only day it didn't rain during my week-long trip to Scotland.
Hope to be back soon to try some different routes.
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 !!
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.
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 -4ºC at the top.
Climbed with my brother after a week in the Cairn Gorms. It was a great climb, lots of people though.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 :-)
I was sailing the Caladonian canal and it was there, weather was beautifull but summit was quite cold