Mobile phones on summits, good or evil? My wife always rings her dad from the top of a hill, he's unable to go up hills due to a back problem so he loves hearing where we are.
On a hill I'm dubious about I have a person who has my route and a cut off time by which they will make a call if they don't hear from me. This weekend it was my Dad who was more worried than usual so I rang him from the top to let him know conditions were good , no issues etc. We do this quietly and briefly. No Dom Joly impressions.
One bloke , who was a grumpy bugger on the way up as he passed us , was clearly very miffed by this this weekend and I can understand some people want to be away from all that.
Well we're back . Had a fantastic time and perfect weather for Ben Nevis.
We ended up staying in the premier inn which was actually pretty good , even if the Brewers fayre next door was less so. Hired a car to explore the local area, which is unbelievable, but you all knew that.
We went up the Ben via the tourist track, but with 2 metres of snow on the top it didn't feel like a lightweight walk. Didn't use crampons but the ice axes came in handy. Not a cloud in view once on the top, bet its like that every day right!
The sleeper train is ill-named however.
Great trip, thanks for all the tips, much appreciated.