Ascent of Ben Nevis on 2014-11-03

Climber: Julie Ann Gregg

Others in Party:Red Viking & Wild Bill
Date:Monday, November 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ben Nevis
    Elevation:4409 ft / 1343 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked across the street from the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel and took the Hostel Access Path up to the main trail it was raining. This was a steep stair stepping climb.At the main trail we went right and crossed a cool little bridge (Wild Bill set his waterbottle on the handrail and goodbye-over it went) This trail curved around Carn Dearg and headed up the side of the cyn, a small switchback and we were on a plateau. We started up the switchbacks and saw at stag on the mountain side.Here is where the rain started to freeze. Half way up the switchbacks the rain turned to snow. At the top of the ridge we were in the clouds and the snow got so deep we lost the trail,so we just went up ,slogging thru 10 inch of powder. This is where a wild Scotsman pass us wearing shorts and a windbreaker,He said he picked the wrong day to climb. We tried to keep up but he was hauling. Thank Scotland for placing Cairns just far enough apart to see one from another thru the clouds,we followed these to the Summit. At the summit the Scotsman took our picture then headed down. We climbed in the emergency hut and ate lunch, then looked around the runes,took a picture of the summit marker and headed down. When we got back to the plateau it was just rain again so we climbed Carn Dearg and then headed back to our car. Ate mutton at a pub at Fort Williams.
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Standing by the ruins of the old observatory on Ben Nevis (2014-11-03). Photo by Julie Ann Gregg.
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Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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