Ascent of Ben Nevis on 2014-12-30

Climber: Kent Lutz

Date:Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ben Nevis
    Elevation:4409 ft / 1343 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cold, wet and cloudy. We left early around 6 AM. The days are short that time of year in Scotland and by the time the sun was up we were high enough to put on our snow gear. We came across a 3 person group from England that were a bit tentative to continue in the fog and snow, despite them looking as if they were rather prepared for the situations. Neal and I continued while the three of them debated what they would do. It was difficult navigating the carins because of the dense fog and almost all of the carins were covered in a frozen snow that camouflaged them. After 20-30 minutes of slow but steady progress we saw the "hut" and a large table-top carin that we recognized as the summit.

This was an interesting summit, because despite being rather low elevation in comparison to other climbs we have done, this was unquestionably the moist humid of our climbs in colder weather which had a penetrating effect on both of us. It was certainly one of the coldest climbs I have ever done because of the humidity and wind combination.
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