Saturday, 30 March 2013

30.3.13 - Ben Nevis via the mountain path

Today I was working for Lochaber Guides, guiding Tony and Mia on the mountain path.  Let me just say that the weather today was absolutely fantastic and sunglasses were worn throughout! Setting off from the Ben Nevis Inn, we had a very enjoyable stroll up to the Red Burn path junction, where we geared up with axes and crampons.  Making our way up the zig zags, we opted to leave the beaten track and left at the corner of zig zag 6/7 we headed directly up to the top marker of No4 Gully where Tony and Mia enjoyed spectacular views of the north face and across to Carn Mor Dearg and the Aonach's.  From there we headed to the summit and then after a brief stop for some food and water, we descended the Red Burn all the way back to the half way point, ditched the crampons and had a leisurely descent down the mountain path back to the car park.  Big well done to Tony and Mia on their day!

Mia and Tony shortly after starting out

Tony and Mia on the summit of Ben Nevis 1344m

the view over to the North Ridge of Stob Ban

The Red Burn

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