An unremmitingly dull plod - but at least we got a view
I've taken a few folks up the mountain path (tourist route) and most of them don't appreciate the effort it takes to reach the summit until not long after they set out. Some then struggle to reach the top.
Well done in reaching the summit. Worth the effort for the views.
Footnote: I've always been a bit sniffy about the Three Peaks Challenge (to me it seems a pointless and joyless exercise which can be disruptive for non-participants and often exacerbates environmental damage). Even so, I now have a grudging respect for those who complete it. I try to imagine myself walking up Ben Nevis an hour faster than we did then sitting in a minibus, stumbling up Scafell Pike in the dark, sitting in the minibus again before finally staggering from Pen Y Pass up Snowdon. To be honest, I probably couldn't achieve it in 24 hours even if I wanted to - I simply don't have the stamina nor the strength (besides, I'm far too cautious to struggle sleepless and half-exhausted up mountains in darkness). But perhaps I'll be a bit less scathing in future about those who manage the feat.
tough bunch are we not?
Here are a few photos from our Ben Nevis walk...
Below The Viking's affable dog enjoying the snow.
Below Trudging up the last few yards up to the summit plateau
Below. The Teesdale Viking, Private Hudson, that bastard Skip and the big black dog
Looks a nice day weather wise.
Don't envy the trip up and down the Tourist Path though.
We'd camped at Glen Nevis campsite the night before and woke early, partly to escape the midges, partly to assess the weather and partly to avoid the crowds. Not early enough as it turned out - by the time we hit the hill, we could see a crocodile of walkers on the path up from the visitor centre. We'd intended to leave earlier but I was the only one with an alarm and I oversplept.
cosmetic dentist Bridgewater
Sorry for the delay in posting these, been ultra busy and not been here for a while.
I think we started at around the right time, because when we left the campsite the valley was still filled with mist
Its a long way down...
A couple of panoramas from the summit
Carn Mor Dearg
An overview of the Lochs near Fort William
Ella illustrating how we all felt at the end of the walk perfectly.
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