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
Cold, Rain, fog, a lot of slow walking people, no view.
snow on the top 800ft the weather was wonderful. our desent was in darkness with head torches, it was icy and we fell many times. then we all went to the pub and selebrated the clubs firstever Winter ascent of Ben Nevis.