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“Almost made it”
Review of Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis
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Group Walk up Ben Nevis from Fort William
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Fondly called "Ben" by the locals, Britain's highest mountain towers 4,406 feet above the town of Fort William.
Scotland, United Kingdom
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“Almost made it”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Take Crampons to get to the top at this time of year we didn't follow the advice and the ice beat us! Amazing views even if you only get part way.

Visited March 2013
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“Big Ben”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

A lot of people were on the mountain, but that was to be expected for such an iconic peak. Take it nice and slow, and you'll get to the summit, with no particular difficulty, in around four to five hours; coming down is actually more hazardous, thus a little care is required. Needless to say, so I'll write it:), the views from the summit are spectacular on a clear day (bring a map and compass to pick out the islands, mountains, lochs, and valleys), which is, fortunately, what we got. Considering the volume of hikers who tackle Ben Nevis, the path is in good nick. All in all, a must do in The Highlands.

Visited August 2012
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“That's a mountain”
Reviewed March 4, 2013

I did not climb the mountain but visited the information center. The worker was very helpful and knowledgeable to a couple of young men who were going to climb. The travel center has a wide selection of items to aid an unprepared hiker.

Visited February 2013
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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“Nice wee hill”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Carn Mor Dearg arete is great fun in winter - providing you've got your crampons on! Also one of the few hills where you can really get out of the wind to eat your sandwiches thanks to the hut on top.

Visited February 2013
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“Magnificent - but be prepared”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Ben Nevis has something for everyone and is magnificent. If you go prepared for weather changes (you'll find snow even in summer) and have the skills to deal with the conditions you find, you'll have a grand day out.

The "Mountain Track" from Glen Nevis is a bit of a slog and gets very busy, especially in summer. However, there are alternatives. Just above the "Halfway Lochan" the main path bends right but a less well defined path takes you straight on and curves around the north side of the mountain to the CIC hut. The rock architecture here is breathtaking and every gully, ridge, buttress and face of this side of the mountain is laced with legendary rock and ice climbs.

From here, hill walkers with some experience can head up the steep side of Carn Mor Dearg and cross the superb "CMD Arete" before the final ascent to the summit. Returning via the Mountain Track makes for a partly circular walk and a good hill day.

If you've got some walking and scrambling experience and want to take advantage of long summer days, why not try the following:

Park at the North Face Car Park (near Torlundy on the road towards Inverness). Outrunning the swarms of midges that greet you in summer, ascend through the trees and follow the Allt a'Mhuilinn to the CIC Hut. This avoids the crowds in Glen Nevis.
From the CIC Hut follow the Ledge Route (see Ben Nevis and Glen Coe - Cicerone Press) - an utterly brilliant Grade 1 scramble amongst much more difficult crags. On reaching the summit plateau at Carn Dearg, a bit of care is needed skirting the steep gullies of the north face before joining the throng on the summit proper. From there descend to the CMD arete and thence to Carn Mor Dearg, Carn Dearg Meadhonach and Carn Beag Dearg. A descent on slightly wobbly legs to the car park completes a proper mountain day. If you're a reasonably experienced walker, I strongly recommend it.

Climbers and mountaineers will drool at the endless possibilities Ben Nevis has to offer. Whether it's a summer or winter ascent of Tower Ridge, Ice climbs like Point Five Gully or classic rock routes such as Centurion.

So while an ascent via the zigzags of the Mountain Track has its advantages, there is much more to Ben Nevis. Take care though. Even the easiest route on a fine day can change if the mist comes down or rain or snow arrives in the teeth of a gale. So take warm clothes and a waterproof. Getting off the summit has been made safer by the large navigation columns at intervals on the track, but in poor conditions it's still easy to stray off the path and onto dangerous ground. Knowing how to use your map and compass is a good idea, as is a mobile phone for emergencies.

The top looks at its best after fresh snow, because it covers the litter which accumulates. Leave only footprints and have a brilliant day.

Visited July 2012
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