Ascent of Ben Nevis in 1980-07
|Others in Party:||Solo|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Train|
| Elevation:||4413 ft / 1345 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI climbed Ben Nevis alone in the summer of 1980 while traveling through Scotland. It was not planned but I was traveling by and decided to climb it. The weather was cool but not raining. An easy climb up from Fort William. I camped in a backyard in Fort William. There were 2 old Scottish ladies who rented camping spots in their garden. I met 3 German-Swiss girls there, one of them panicked when she thought she lost her passport. She went to talk to the old Scottish lady in her German_Swiss accent. The Scots lady had a very pronounce brogue. I had to go and translate for them, speaking in English the entire time, just because they could not understand each others accent. The next day when I had climbed Ben Nevis the Swiss girls and I went to a local pub. I had a fabulous time, surrounded by 3 wonderful Swiss girls all night.
The weather was typical cloudy weather for Ben Nevis. It was a Saturday and there was a running race up the mountain and several runners went by me. Fortunately the trail was marked well and it was not hard to follow.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4404 ft / 1342 m|
| Quality:||1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cool, Windy, Low Clouds|
| Gain on way in:||4404 ft / 1342 m|
| Route:||Trail from Fort William|
| Start Trailhead:||Fort William 9 ft / 2 m|
| Time:||4 Hours |
| End Trailhead:||Fort William |
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