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Ben Nevis Routes


Climbing Ben Nevis via The Mountain Footpath

• Meet your guide at the Ben Nevis Inn (two miles from Fort William) after breakfast.

• Quick briefing of the day ahead including what to wear, food & water and the weather.

• Start ascent at a steady pace aiming for the half way lochan - Meall an t-Suidhe.

• Reach the Red Burn and refill water bottles - after approximately 2 hours.

• Climb the zigzags  to reach the summit plateau.

• Learn how  to navigate the final 1km to the summit cairn.

• Reach the top of Ben Nevis -  after approximately 4 hours.

• Descend with care - many mountain accidents happen on descent.

• Reach the Ben Nevis Inn for a well deserved drink - after approximately 7 to 8 hours.



Climbing Ben Nevis via The Steall Falls Ascent

• Meet your guide at the Youth Hostel in Glen Nevis after breakfast.

• Quick briefing of the day ahead including what to wear, food & water and the weather.

• Start ascent at a steady pace up to the waterfall at Steall.

• Follow the Water of Nevis for 1 km and then climb into the beautiful remote glen above.

• Climb steeply up grassy slopes to reach the 1,100 metre mark.

• Climb the final steep boulder field and reach the summit of Ben Nevis.

• Descend with care - many mountain accidents happen on descent.

• Return to the starting point after approximately 8 to 9 hours.


Climbing Ben Nevis via The CMD Arete

• Meet your guide at the North Face car park, Torlundy after breakfast.

• Quick briefing of the day ahead including what to wear, food & water and the weather.

• Start ascent at a steady pace through the forest to reach the Allt a’ Mhuilinn river.

• Follow the river for 1 km and take the opportunity to refill water bottles.

• Climb on to the summit of Carn Mòr Dearg at 1,220 metres after about 4 hours.

• Follow the CMD arete to the summit of Ben Nevis after approximately 6 hours.

• Descend the Mountain Track to reach the half way lochan - Meall an t-Suidhe.

• Walk due north to return to North Face car park after approximately 8 to 10 hours.

     

          


Facts About Ben Nevis

• Standing at 1,344 metres high (or 4,408 feet) it is the highest mountain in the British Isles.

• The temperature on the summit is normally at least 9 degrees cooler than in Fort William.

• Ben Nevis, translated from the Gaelic ‘Beinn Nibheis,’ means 'Mountain of Heaven.'

• In 1883 the footpath and observatory were built all thanks to Clement Linley Wragge.

• In 1911 a Model T Ford was driven to the summit as a publicity stunt by Ford Agents.

• The Temperance Hotel was built adjacent to the Observatory and accommodated

   tourists and climbers until it closed in 1916.

• A bed, a barrel of beer and even a piano have all been carried to the summit.