Ascent of Ben Nevis in 1980-07

Climber: Stephen Wheeler

Others in Party:Solo
Date:July, 1980
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
Peak:Ben Nevis
    Elevation:4413 ft / 1345 m

Ascent Trip Report

I 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4404 ft / 1342 m
    Route:Trail from Fort William
    Start Trailhead:Fort William  9 ft / 2 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    End Trailhead:Fort William  

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