Ascent of Ben Nevis on 2017-07-23
|Others in Party:||Terri Bonee|
|Date:||Sunday, July 23, 2017|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4409 ft / 1343 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove down from Inverness in the morning (~1.5 hrs) and parked at the youth hostel along the road (surprised - parking was easy to find). Hit the trail head around 10:45am with Terri and started to make our way up. It was over cast but a good day for hiking (about 50 degrees with a light breeze). The trail is very easy to follow and there were ~100 other people hiking (mostly up). Took some pictures during the ascent of the valley below. Hit the switch backs about 2/3 of the way up and the clouds got thick (couldn't see cairn to cairn), but the trail is obvious (8' wide dirt road). After the switch backs, the trail becomes less steep and it's an easier walk to the summit. The summit was socked in with clouds and there were ~30 people sitting and walking around. We took some pictures standing on the summit cone, had lunch and began the descent. We made great time at the beginning passing a lot of groups on the way down and offered words of encouragement to them. During the switchbacks, the clouds cleared and we had beautiful views to the lake and the valley below. Finished the hike in just under 5.5 hrs.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||4234 ft / 1290 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||9.1 mi / 14.6 km|
| Trailhead:||Youth hostel 175 ft / 53 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds|
| Time:||2 Hours 40 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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