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Peak(s):  Ben Nevis - 4,406 feet
Post Date:  09/02/2008
Date Climbed:   08/24/2008
Posted By:  piper14er

 Ben Nevis-Carn Mor Dearg Arete   

A taste of Scotland

Castles, churches, sheep & dogs, William Wallace (really him), houses, lochs, heather on Culloden Mor battlefield, Ceilidhs, libations and the Tattoo.


Ben Nevis - Highest Peak in the United Kingdom
Carn Mor Dearg Arete Route
Class 1 Scottish Scramble (Class 2 to 2+)
Roundtrip Time: 6 1/2 hours

A route description can be found at:

Wet, windy and socked in. A beautiful Scottish summer day.

Up the Pony Track

Off the nicely maintained track through the Scottish bogs

A look up the valley towards the ridge

A look at the ridge (two climbers up there)

Another look at the ridge

My friend Mark (flew in from Sweden) on the ridge

Escape route sign

Mark on the top of Ben Nevis (observatory in back)

The reward at the end (and beginning) of the trail, what every trailhead needs (a pint of stout)

Sunscreen and sunglasses not needed, plenty of moisture, a 100 waterfalls and about 1000 or so of your closest friends. The Pony Track is busy, we passed at least 200 people including the same group of 30 Indians (from India of course) going up and coming down.

Look at the above link for the ridge pictures as our pictures along the ridge only showed about 50 feet ahead with the clouds settled on us.
You cannot see the other subsidiary peaks along the ridge - Carn Mor Dearg and Carn Beag Dearg in our pictures.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions
Tory Wells

Very cool....     09/03/2011 14:45
thanks for sharing!

Mel McKinney

Love the Border Collie photo!     09/02/2008 21:38
There are more dogs than sheep in that photo.
Thanks for sharing the photos from your trip. It must have been surreal hiking in those clouds


Thanks.     09/02/2008 22:01
My wife and I really enjoyed the trip and I had to get in a hike. Scotland is very nice. The dogs were very well trained and the one dog in the center area was only 14 weeks old and working.


Nice!     09/03/2008 00:26
We were out in that area a few summers ago but we didn‘t get to hike it. We opted for Mt. Snowdon in Wales instead. Same weather you had, and the same sheep.

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