A Stroll up Ben Nevis

I finally got a bit of time off again recently so two friends and I decided it’d be a corking idea to climb the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. We all live in rural sunny Devon and so decided it’d be best to spend 2 days traveling northwards. The perfect stop happened to be Windermere in the Lake District. It’s about 5 hours from Exeter and 5 hours from Fort William. Perfect!

We were away for 6 days in total. 2 days driving up, 2 days in Fort William, 2 days driving back. We’d climb Ben Nevis on whichever day was forecast to have the best weather, I was entrusted with reliable and accurate forecasting! The first day happened to offer the best weather for us. A few showers, strong winds on certain parts of the mountain reaching 30kts, and a foggy summit. The next day was horrific with persistent heavy, if not torrential, showers.

I just wanted to share some photos of the truly majestic Scottish highlands and our hike up Ben Nevis with you now. Unfortunately the summit isn’t visible in any of the photos because firstly it was clouded out, and secondly you can’t really see it from the route we took.  Enjoy.

Panorama from the beginning of the hike. Looking in the opposite direction to Ben Nevis

Me with a waterfall just under halfway along the route

Near the summit there are a few nasty ravines. Easy to see normally, not so much when it's foggy. You've got to be careful!

My friend Phil at the summit. Here he is the highest person in the UK!

A panorama just below cloudbase about 30mins from the summit. In view is a mountainous loch and in the distance Fort William

Panorama from the bottom of the hike. The Ben Nevis summit is hidden but part of the mountain is viewable, second from left

Overall the hike took about 7 hours – 4 hours up and about 3 down. My legs are still hurting, I got pretty bad rock shock on the way down. It was great though, the feeling of achievement when you get to the top is fantastic.

We spent the next day dodging rain, visiting castle, distilleries and museums, enjoying the scenery, shopping and drinking tea!

More photos can be found here on Flickr, and the whole smash here on Facebook

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